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Small Businesses: The Backbone of Our Economy
June 2014
Debbie Wasserman SchultzFor more than twenty years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of South Florida. Rep. Wasserman Schultz represents Florida's 23rd District in Congress, which includes parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Small businesses are the backbone of our national economy, and nowhere is that more evident than South Florida, where they represent almost 99 percent of employers and employ nearly 43 percent of the private-sector workforce.
As an elected representative, I work to ensure that entrepreneurs are aware of and can access the resources necessary to grow or start their small business. To that end, on Saturday, May 31st, I hosted my fifth annual small business workshop at the Broward County Convention Center.
I was thrilled that more than 1,000 South Floridians participated in a number of seminars and workshops in order to learn more about creating and executing a business plan; accessing financing and building credit; innovative ways to reach current and prospective customers through web marketing and social media; and the advantages of getting a business certified.
Of course, the workshop would not be possible without the work of our incredible volunteers and partners who include the Small Business Administration - SCORE; the Small business Development Center; the Florida Women's Business Center; the Procurement Technical Assistance Center; Partners for Self Employment; and, of course, the Alliance for Affordable Services!
This year's workshop was special for a few different reasons. In addition to record attendance, I had the chance to recognize second class of graduates of the Early Learning Business Institute, which I like to refer to 'CEO School' for early learning center directors and owners. This institute provides pathways and information for professional development, and brings recognition and professionalism to the critically important field of early learning, because being a caregiver and being a business owner are not mutually exclusive.
Additionally, I honored the winners of the SBA South Florida Small Business Week Awards, which celebrate achievements in diversity, exports, and financial services advocacy.
Though there is much more we need to do fully strengthen our economy and get more Americans back to work, I'm hopeful about the future of our local and national economy. We've seen 50 straight months of private sector job growth nationwide, and unemployment in Broward County is down to 5.5 percent. The creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and important services of our small businesses are drivers in this progress, and I look forward to remaining supportive in their growth. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Please note: the Alliance does not support or oppose the aforementioned legislation. We believe that it is important for our members to be informed about critical legislation currently being developed by Members of Congress — legislation that could impact you, your business, and your family. We realize that you may agree or disagree with the opinions and ideas presented by legislators. However, it is important that you express your opinions so your voice can be heard. If you would like to speak up about this or other pieces of legislation, contact us and vocalize your opinion.
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