"Vermonters are known for their innovative spirit and entrepreneurial nature. From the state's smallest "mom and pop" shops to its largest corporations, these businesses embody the Vermont values of hard work and integrity. My job in Congress is to help Vermont businesses succeed -- by providing access to federal resources and by supporting legislation that helps them thrive. As we move toward a cleaner, greener economy, I will continue to ensure that Vermonters can compete and excel in the 21st century economy."
After meeting with small business owners in Bennington in June 2009, Rep. Welch introduced legislation to free up credit to small businesses by expanding the successful Small Business Administration Express Loan Program. In July 2009, he voted against a bill that would harm Vermont's small businesses by diverting key federal funding to larger, venture capital-backed firms.