ROSKAM STATEMENT ON PRO-GROWTH SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATION
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 2359, the SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs Act and H.R. 2366, the SBA Veteran's Programs Act:
"Today's small business owners are on the forefront of job creation and economic development. With small businesses of less than 500 employees accounting for 99% of all employers and creating 65% of all new jobs, it is crucial that Congress work to support their continued growth. This legislation ensures that our small businesses have the tools they need to succeed.
"H.R. 2359, the SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs Act, authorizes a new grants program for Small Business Development Centers. This program will assist small businesses looking to take advantage of manufacturing training programs, pursue new development opportunities, and increase energy efficiency.
"I was also pleased to support the passage of H.R. 2366, the SBA Veteran's Programs Act this past Monday. With thousands of brave men and women returning from war zones and reintegrating into society, many will seek to start their own businesses. This legislation addresses the obstacles that arise as soldiers make the transition to small business owners. The bill provides veterans with financial advice and training, not only giving them a chance to succeed in their business endeavor, but also providing them with all the assistance and support a grateful nation can offer.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. These bills make important strides in providing small business owners with the important entrepreneurial development programs they need to grow their businesses. These two pieces of legislation will ensure that the enterprising small business owners of Illinois' Sixth District have access to the resources, information, and training they need to thrive in the growing global economy."