NFIB: Wisconsin small business applauds summit

Contact: Bill G. Smith at (608) 255-6083 or Jack Mozloom at (609) 989-8777

Small Business Summit will bring together policymakers and job creators to share ideas and information

Madison (September 19, 2011) – Lt. Governor Kleefisch’s announcement of a statewide summit between key members of the administration and small business owners is an excellent opportunity for both groups to learn from each other how best to make Wisconsin more competitive, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.

“Small business is the key to Wisconsin’s economy and Governor Walker clearly understands the need for a more direct relationship between his administration and the people on whom we’re all relying to create jobs and opportunities,” said Bill G. Smith, Wisconsin State Director for the organization, “the Governor and Lt. Governor have been considerably attentive to small business issues since they took office, and we think that this event will make the relationship even more productive.”

Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch announced the first statewide Small Business Summit today, an event that they described as an opportunity for the administration to learn from people most directly affected by the state’s fiscal and regulatory policies.

Throughout the year, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has travelled the state meeting with hundreds of small business owners listening to their concerns and suggestions that will help strengthen the state’s economy.

“While we will continue our dialogue with our state’s community, the statewide Small Business Summit is a wonderful opportunity for small business owners and key members of the administration to discuss their concerns and to learn from others,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch, “it’s also an opportunity for small business owners to find out more about the resources available to them through the state.”

The Governor’s Small Business Summit is scheduled for November 1, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. It will feature presentations by the Cabinet officials with whom small businesses most often deal, and break-out sessions during which the Governor and his team will hear directly from small business owners.

“Small business owners often have to deal with state agencies, but they don’t often get a chance to exchange ideas with the people who set policies,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. “The Summit has great potential to generate better ideas for Wisconsin.”