Following the Winning the Future Forum on Small Business in Cleveland last week, the President charged members of the Cabinet with traveling across the country to hold similar events with local officials and small business owners. These sessions focus on what we need to do to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our competitors around the world. Cabinet members want to hear directly from small business owners and local leaders about their ideas of what can help to continue to create jobs and put Americans back to work to win the future.
Later today, Transportation Secretary LaHood will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet with a group of CEOs and small business owners to talk about ways to promote growth and job creation in North Carolina and across the country. They’ll focus on the transportation industry, which is central to the effort to create an economy that out-innovates the rest of the world.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan will meet with small business owners and area residents at the new Frogtown Square development. These locally owned small businesses will serve as a neighborhood anchor and contribute to St. Paul’s future prosperity.
These two events come on the heels of the small business sessions that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis held on Monday in Philadelphia, where she heard first-hand from entrepreneurs about how creativity and imagination can translate into business success.
From these Winning the Future sessions to the Startup America events to our regular conversation with business owners across the country, our message is clear: When our small businesses do well, then America does well. The President and his Cabinet are going to continue to reach out, to bring together business and community leaders across the country, and to find ways to work as partners to win the future.
Tom Gavin is Cabinet Communications Director