Blue Dogs Host Rural Opportunity Roundtable Discussion on Small Business, Entrepreneurship

Sep 16, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, moderated a Rural Opportunity Roundtable discussion on small business and entrepreneurship.

As a member of the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Golden has fought to protect small businesses from the economic downturn of the COVID-19 crisis by introducing legislation such as the Blue Dog-endorsed RESTART Act. That bipartisan legislation would provide America’s small businesses with the flexible, targeted relief they need to survive a prolonged economic downturn and provide jobs.
 “Rural small businesses are at the center of Maine’s economy and many of them face an existential threat from the economic fallout of COVID-19,” said Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02). “That puts up to 100,000 small business jobs in my district at risk. We need to ensure that these businesses have access to the resources they need to survive COVID-19 and keep Mainers employed. Discussions like today’s are critical for addressing the unique challenges facing rural small business and understanding what Congress can do to help.”
Rep. Golden was joined by the following special guests for the discussion on small business and entrepreneurship:
  • Travis Ferland, Owner and Operator, Rangeley Inn
  • Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director, Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)
  • John Arensmeyer, Founder and CEO, Small Business Majority
To watch the full discussion, click here.
The Blue Dogs are developing a forward-looking plan to strengthen rural America by building a strong economic foundation and creating good-paying jobs. As they develop their plan, the Blue Dogs want to hear from policy experts and from those who are experiencing the issues of our time on the ground. That’s why the Coalition has launched the Rural Opportunity Roundtable series, which began with a discussion with local and tribal leaders about the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on their communities, followed by a discussion on expanding access to high-speed broadband internet, a discussion on expanding access to affordable quality health care, and a discussion on mental health care and addiction treatment in rural communities. Over the next month, there will be discussions on several issues important to rural and tribal communities, including strengthening the outdoor economy, expanding access to education and workforce training, and investing in infrastructure and clean energy.