Owners discuss potential for growth in tough economy
DRESDEN – House and Senate Democrats continued their statewide jobs tour Tuesday with stops at small businesses in Jackson, Martin and Dresden, to hear owners speak on state contracts and challenges in an extended recession.
“Our small businesses form the backbone of Tennessee’s economy, and we need to listen to those entrepreneurs and owners if we want our communities to thrive,” said State Senator Beverly Marrero.
Members visited Jackson businesses Tuesday morning to discuss downtown revitalization efforts and development hurdles in real estate laws. The tour continued in the afternoon to Martin and Dresden, where officials visited companies employing anywhere from two to 60 people.
“The loss of major employers in rural areas has had a major impact on small businesses who relied on those companies’ employees for customers,” said State Representative Johnny Shaw. “One factory closing has an ripple effect on an entire community.”
The jobs tour continues Wednesday with stops in Columbia and Smyrna. For more information, call (615) 812-2157.