Webster, Policy Committee discuss ways the state can support small businesses

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Joe Webster hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Upper Providence to discuss ways the state can support small businesses in the community.

“Small businesses are vital to our communities, employing nearly 50 percent of the workforce in Pennsylvania,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I want to make sure state support is available to help them grow and thrive, and I was pleased to host state and community experts for a discussion about how we can work together.”

Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a meeting held last summer on revitalizing Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He was joined today by fellow state legislators, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“We want to grow our economy here in Pennsylvania and create more good jobs, and small businesses are an integral part of making that happen,” said Sturla. “Today’s hearing was a great way to talk about how we can better support small businesses for the benefit of all of our communities.”

Panelists at the meeting included Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission; Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Joshua Weikert, assistant professor, Immaculata University; and Stephen Barth, president, Barth Consulting Group.  

The hearing was among a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, a policy agenda focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing healthcare access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com. Hearing materials will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.