Rep. 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: