Gov. Perry Hosts Small Business Summit in Tyler
Announces $1 Million Grant from ConocoPhillips for Hurricane Relief
Gov. Rick Perry today hosted a Small Business Summit in Tyler to help area small business owners gain tools for future success and opportunities for immediate growth. Perry also announced a $1 million donation from ConocoPhillips to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund.
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Texas economy," Perry said. "If Texas is to remain a place where jobs and opportunity are abundant, where the American dream is within reach for every family, .and where government priorities are funded by a growing economy instead of a growing tax burden then one of our greatest goals must be to help small employers succeed today."
Summit participants had the opportunity to discuss financing one-on-one with business lenders and gather information on topics critical to small business including Health Savings Accounts for employees; workforce recruitment and development; saving money with tax credits; and managing business growth.
"While the focus of this seminar is on building a stronger small business community, we can't lose sight of the fact that there are a number of East Texans whose only focus is rebuilding their communities," Perry said. "Today I am proud to announce that ConocoPhillips has donated an additional $1 million to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund to help Texans rebuild their homes, businesses and communities."
Perry established the Disaster Relief Fund in September to aid communities and families recovering from the recent hurricanes. The funds will provide a grant of up to $2,750 to families in need to cover basic necessities, including repairs to homes and vehicles, medical care and furnishings.
"Texas is going to continue to do everything we can to make sure that life returns to normal as soon as possible and that includes helping small businesses owners in Southeast Texas get back on their feet."
Summit participants also had the opportunity to meet with state agency procurement officers in order to learn about and bid on state contracts.
"Our goal at this summit is to provide opportunities for growth today. That is why we have 20 state agencies present that want to create immediate as well as long-term opportunity for East Texas small businesses," Perry said. "Whether it is for printing, construction, technical support or a wide variety of other opportunities, these state contracts represent millions of new dollars flowing through the local economy and the catalyst that can help small businesses create new jobs and reach a new level of success."
"Texas must always be a state where a dream can be put to work, where the regulatory environment is not burdensome, or the tax climate prohibitive, and where there is access to capital, talent and workforce training," Perry added.