Supporting Small Businesses
I’ve always had the vision of owning my own production company. In 2006, I started Rush Productions from the basement of my home. At the time, I did not qualify for a loan, and I had very little equipment of my own, so I borrowed equipment from some generous friends in the industry. Business picked up quickly, but then the recession in 2008 hit practically erasing all of the progress I made. With the help of family and friends, I was fortunate enough to get back up and running. Today I have a fully functional storefront business with multiple locations and all of the equipment and gadgets I could possibly need. As a small business owner I understand how difficult it can be at times. All across our country, the same banks that caused the recession and were bailed out with our tax dollars are now denying families the small business loans they need to achieve their dreams. Corporations like Amazon and Walmart are getting larger and larger, putting existing small businesses at risk. All the while our government and does nothing. As your Congressman I would:
- Expand funding and community outreach efforts for the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide low-interest, government backed loans and grants to existing and new small business owners.
- Work with the U.S. Small Business Administration to ensure that requirements for loan qualifications are reasonable and fair.
- Create a network of partnerships with small businesses and government in a variety of industries across IL-3, ensuring government always contracts to small and family-owned businesses when possible and that small business owners have access to free promotional services.
- Develop and advance legislation which works to enhance small business competitiveness in the market.