Fitzpatrick Highlights Small Business to Upper Bucks Chamber

Jun 21, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy
Fitzpatrick Highlights Small Business to Upper Bucks Chamber

QUAKERTOWN, PA – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) wrapped up National Small Business Week Friday addressing the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce about the importance of small businesses to the local and national economy.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week, but the reality of it is that EVERY week is small business week,” stated Fitzpatrick in his remarks. “Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy- and have been for much longer than 50 years.”

Over half of Americans own or are employed by a small business; there are 29.6 MILLION small businesses across the nation; and each year small businesses create seven out of every 10 new American jobs.

“The Congressman was very well informed and always gives a balanced approach so you know where he’s coming from on the issues,” said Mike Orzel, owner of Quaker Cleaners Laundry in Quakertown. “I enjoyed the way he answered the questions and cared about the issues facing local businesses.”

The ‘State of the Nation’ speech- held at the historic Red Lion Inn- covered topics ranging from the national debt, to the effects of uncertainty on small business growth.

“The key to prosperity is certainty.  Certainty gives businesses the ability to plan, budget and grow,” said Fitzpatrick. “By finding bipartisan ways to address our spending problem and working to cut down the uncertainty stemming from our national debt, our economy can begin to truly recover through small business growth and job creation.”

Following the Congressman’s address he fielded questions from the assembled group of local business leaders, including on the topic of energy independence and its impact on business and manufacturing.

“I believe we can be North American energy independent within the next decade by putting forward policies that prioritize the economic benefits for our business owners and employees,” answered Fitzpatrick. “By pursuing an ‘all of the above’ energy plan, we are poised to affordably power our businesses and manufacturers into a second American century.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.