JULY 14, 2015

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Cardin Discusses Small Business Growth in Montgomery County with Local Chambers of Commerce 

Senator emphasizes need for federal investments in transportation infrastructure, commonsense immigration reform and expanded job training for veterans 


ROCKVILLE, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and member of the Senate Finance Committee, recently joined small business leaders from throughout Montgomery County in a discussion about the policies and programs that effectively promote financial success and job growth in Maryland’s 21st century innovation economy.

“The federal government needs to be a strong partner to Maryland companies as they strive to be the best and most innovative in their fields, and today’s roundtable allowed me to hear directly from the leaders of many Montgomery County small businesses about what they need to prosper and grow,”said Senator Cardin. “From government contracting to transportation projects, the tax code and education funding, the federal government can and should play a strong role in helping small businesses succeed.” 

Hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Senator Cardin discussed a wide range of issues with members of chambers of commerce from throughout Montgomery County, including the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce; the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County; the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber; and the Asian American Business Roundtable. 

“Those of us in Washington need to do all we can to engage in a consistent dialogue with small business owners to ensure the federal government is a reliable customer and a partner with small businesses – and not an impediment to growth,” said Senator Cardin. “Across the country, Americans are strengthening our economy and creating jobs by starting and building small businesses. Today’s conversation reinforced for me that we need to find better ways to provide access to credit for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and to expand access to contracts for women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned businesses.”