McNerney convenes small-business panel

mcnerneyportrait.jpgRep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, today announced he has created and held his first meeting with a small business advisory board. McNerney said he plans to meet with the board a few times per year, and will call upon members more frequently and informally as issues arise in Congress.

“Small businesses are the engine of our American economy, generating between 60 and 80 percent of all new jobs created in the country,” he said in a news release. “I want to work in Congress to encourage the growth of small businesses. That begins with understanding the unique challenges small businesses face. And there is no better way to do that than by talking to small business owners and advisers who face and overcome obstacles every day.”

McNerney said the first meeting, held this afternoon at the Lodi Public Library, “was very productive. I heard a wide variety of perspectives, from business owners to business organizations. The information I heard today will help me when I’m back in Washington analyzing and crafting legislation.”

The board’s members are:

  • Oscar Anzaldo, Owner, Anzaldo OP, LLC, Tracy
  • Mark Chandler, CEO, Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission
  • Dan Ehrler, President and CEO, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce
  • Ann Johnston, Owner, The Balloonery, Stockton
  • Eldon Kuntz, Owner, West Lane Towing, Stockton
  • David Lucas and Heather Pyle, Owners, Lucas Winery, Lodi
  • Mark Martinez, CEO, San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Stockton
  • Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager, City of Brentwood
  • Debby Moorhead, CEO, Manteca Chamber of Commerce
  • Gillian Murphy, Director, San Joaquin Delta College Small Business Development Center, Stockton
  • Melony Newman, President and CEO, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Otis Nostrand, Owner, Hopyard Ale House, Pleasanton
  • Carol Ornelas, CEO, Visionary Home Builders, Stockton
  • Dan Perez, Owner, Rollin’ in Dough Eats, Sweets and Treats, Lodi
  • Josh Richman

    Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.