Congressman Smith Hosts Small Business Forum

Congressman Lamar Smith hosted a small business forum Wednesday at Northeast Lakeview College in Universal City. Over 80 local small business owners attended this forum to learn about sources of available funding, government contracts and guidance on website development and use of social media.

Congressman Smith hosted the forum in cooperation with the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network and the UTSA Institute for Economic Development.

Small business owners play a critical role in our economy and are vital to building strong communities. I was pleased to host this forum to help local small business owners gain valuable information that will benefit their businesses. San Antonio’s small business community is strong, as a recent report showed that small businesses in the Alamo City increased hiring more than any other U.S. city in 2011. I hope this forum was useful to help small businesses in San Antonio continue to grow and thrive.

Last week the House of Representatives delivered some good news for small business owners across the nation. We passed the JOBS Act, a package of measures designed to help small businesses access capital and reduce the red tape that stifles economic growth. We need to lift the burden on small businesses and free them up to spend more, invest more and produce more in order to create more jobs for American workers.

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