This week is Small Business Week and Congressman Joe Garcia will spend the week engaging the South Florida business community in the name of our economy, job creation, and growing our community. Garcia will spend the week meeting with small business owners and start up entrepreneurs to discuss the issues at hand, as well as his recently introduced small business legislation. He plans to host a series of small business roundtable discussions with local business leaders in Kendall and Homestead.
To kick off the Small Business Week initiatives, last week, Congressman Garcia introduced The Empowering Encore Entrepreneurs Act of 2014 (The E3 Act). The bipartisan bill is aimed at offering assistance to entrepreneurs over the age of 50 and was recently supported by the AARP.
"Small businesses are a vital resource to our local community" held Garcia. "It is important we do all we can to support these entities and their owners if South Florida is going to continue to be a player on the international stage."
Earlier today, Congressman Garcia toured LabMiami, a "campus for creative entrepreneurs". The Lab is a place where people and start-up organizations come together to work in an open space to share ideas and learn from each other as they develop and build their businesses.
"Innovation, and the minds that channel it, are shaping our future" said Garcia. "I'm thrilled to see thinking hubs like LabMiami, finally come to our city and help talented individuals foster their dynamic ideas into something tangible."
With more than 28,000,000 small businesses in the United States leading the force behind our nation's economic recovery, Congressman Garcia hopes to discuss issues impacting the local South Florida economy and generate ideas to help boost overall job growth and small business initiatives.
"I believe this piece of legislation will enable people to pursue their calling and continue to revitalize our community. It is critical to our community that we not only allow entrepreneur's to start new businesses when they are young, but throughout their life to contribute to the future growth and the common good of our community" said Nidal Hozien, partner at Buy-n-Rent Free Now in Kendall.
In addition to the E3 Act, Congressman Garcia, along with 43 other members, also supported H. Res 583 - legislation introduced to recognize the landmark achievements of small businesses and their importance to the U.S. economy.