Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today hosted a listening session to gather input from small business leaders on policies to promote economic growth and job creation. The event was hosted by the Joliet Chamber of Commerce during the 49th annual National Small Business Week. Participants included small business men and women from a variety of industries including health care, banking, engineering, medical supplies, restaurant, office supplies, and more.
"Too often, people in Washington forget that it is the small business men and women who create the jobs and are doing the real work to drive prosperity here in Joliet and surrounding communities," said Biggert. "Taxes, high gas prices, and excessive regulations are putting a black cloud over job creation. It's only by listening to our small employers that we can turn things around for the economy."
Biggert highlighted her support for the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act, which was recently signed into law and will make it possible for promising new businesses to go public and access financial opportunities currently limited to large corporations. Biggert also urged the Senate to approve the Small Business Tax Cut Act, which she co-sponsored to provide small businesses with a one-year tax deduction equal to 20% of their active business income.
"The Joliet Chamber appreciates Congresswoman Biggert providing an opportunity for our small business members to share insights and roadblocks to hiring and business growth," said Joliet Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Russ Slinkard. "Knowing we have an opportunity to be heard is important and we thank her for hearing our concerns."
"The business climate in Illinois poses unique challenges and I appreciate Congresswoman Biggert's willingness to listen to what we're facing and help us overcome some of the obstacles," said Rick Cronholm, President and Owner of Johansen & Anderson Inc., a heating and air conditioning contractor in Joliet. "I will welcome any solutions offered by Rep. Biggert or her colleagues in Congress to alleviate the burdens caused by Illinois' inability to pay its bills on time."