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"As the most senior elected official representing approximately 650,000 residents and thousands of companies living and conducting business from offices located in the
"Today Google will be helping small business owners create their own websites, receive a customized domain name, free web hosting for one year, a local business listing on Google Maps, free tools, training and resources.
Small businesses have long been the bedrock of our nation's economy. Even with the advent of modern-day multi-national corporations most of our day-to-day purchases take place at 'mom and pop' small businesses. Small businesses need of access to loans and other lines of credit in order to build their businesses and create jobs. They are the life blood of our economy. These businesses, the 'mom and pop' shops across our nation are no longer being held hostage by my colleagues across the aisle at the expense of jobs.
"99 percent of all independent companies and businesses in
"Small businesses have experienced difficulties in this challenging economy.
More than half of the 763,000 jobs lost in the first half of 2008 were lost in small firms. Small firms continue to face a tough environment through 2009, with concerns in a wide range of areas including access to capital, the cost of providing health insurance, attracting a quality work force, and meeting the unique 21st century global competitive challenge.
"As our economy bounces back, small firms will play a leading role in revitalizing the nation's workforce.
"I will continue to fight to ensure that small businesses get their fair share of federal contracts, gain access to the most innovative technologies, and are given the type of development assistance needed in today's competitive global market. Small business growth means economic growth for the nation. But to keep this segment of our economy thriving, entrepreneurs need access to loans. Through loans, small business owners can expand their businesses, hire more workers and provide more goods and services."
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