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McNerney convenes small-business panel

By Josh Richman
Thursday, April 5th, 2007 at 4:04 pm in General, Jerry McNerney, U.S. House.

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
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