Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today the first annual "Critz Small Business Week" -- a March 12-16th listening tour that will include visits to 100 small businesses in five days.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing half of all private sector employees and generating 65 percent of net new jobs created over the past 17 years," said Congressman Critz, a member of the House Small Business Committee. "Critz Small Business Week will be an opportunity for me and my staff to learn from our local small businesses -- what works, what doesn't work, and how we in the federal government can help small businesses grow and create new jobs."
Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will join Congressman Critz to kick-off the week with visits to businesses in Westmoreland County. Administrator Mills was sworn in April 6, 2009, as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she directs a federal agency with more than 2,000 full-time employees, and a leading role helping small business owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance, training and federal contracts.
"The U.S. Small Business Administration is the nation's largest single financial backer of small businesses, and I'm thrilled to have Administrator Karen Mills join us on this listening tour," added Congressman Critz. "Administrator Mills has nearly three decades of experience working with small businesses, and her passion and hands-on involvement related to the success of small businesses is much appreciated."
Congressman Critz and his staff will be visiting 100 small businesses in Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
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