Business has played an integral role in my personal life and professional career. As a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, a small business owner, and a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I understand the vital role small businesses play in our economy. As a representative for Metro Atlanta, I have seen economic development spurred by the vitality of small businesses help the city gain greater national significance. That is why I voted in favor of several initiatives aimed at allowing small businesses access to capital. During the 110th Congress, I voted for the Small Business Lending Fund Act (H.R. 5297) and the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act (H.R. 5486). These measures will expand much needed lending to small businesses and offer tax incentives to help small businesses grow, hire, and fuel our economy. I also voted in favor of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, H.R. 4213. This measure will help create or save more than a million American jobs by restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American Research and Development (R&D) and energy, rebuilding American infrastructure, expanding summer jobs for young people, and providing tax relief for middle class American families. Going forward, I will continue to advocate for improving access to capital for small business owners, providing affordable health care coverage to small businesses and creating educational opportunities for students interested in business.