WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) kicked-off their annual legislative meeting on Monday, February 1st with a reception and SBDC client showcase on Capitol Hill. Representative Steve Chabot of Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Representative Ander Crenshaw of Florida, Chairman of the Financial Services & General Government Subcommittee of the Committee of Appropriations addressed the reception guests. The America's SBDC Network showcased 11 SBDC clients from 10 SBDC state programs (Florida, Texas, New York, Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Washington, Connecticut, and Michigan). The SBDC clients were Bear Creek Smokehouse (North TX), Elevate Systems (South-West TX), Green Technologies, LLC (FL), Helios Remote Sensing (NY), House of Design (ID), KuKuRuZa Popcorn (WA), Luke's Toy Factory (CT), McClintock Distilling (MD), Neuvokas Corporation (MI), The Eats Place (DC), and Zeigler Bros (PA).
The 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center Networks provide free one-on-one consulting to small businesses through nearly 1,000 locations. In 2015 SBDC clients reported a 17.6% in job growth versus the national average of 1.8%. According to data provided by the SBA, every federal dollar spent on the SBDC network helped small businesses access $43.26 in new capital. The SBDC program is a public-private partnership in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
"America's small businesses are truly the engine of economic growth, America's SBDCs have been like spark plugs helping to keep that engine going, "said Charles "Tee" Rowe, president of America's SBDC. "SBDCs are driving small business growth by helping to create a new business every 31 minutes and a new job every five minutes."
Small businesses are job creators and innovators. Supporting their formation and growth moves our economy forward and makes our communities healthier. With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs the resources they need to thrive, compete and succeed. For more information on America's SBDC or to find a SBDC near you, go to www.AmericasSBDC.org.
About America's SBDC Program: America's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.americassbdc.org.
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SOURCE America's SBDC