As of 2010, the SBA reports there are more than 488,000 small businesses in the state of Indiana.
Dermody noted, “Small businesses truly drive the Hoosier economy, and to ensure that momentum continues, it is important to seek innovative solutions to address any issues facing these vital businesses. By creating the Small Business Caucus, local lawmakers will be able to partner with small business owners and work together to come up with positive solutions to address their concerns. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we must work together to strengthen Indiana.”
The town meetings in August and September are designed to look back on what has been accomplished in economic development for small businesses in recent years, and consider the changes that are coming in the near future. Discussions will focus on the role government can play in helping small businesses run easier, with an emphasis on such areas as regulatory reform and education of the workforce.
“Small businesses are the brick and mortar of our communities,” said Lanane. “I look forward to joining my colleagues and working with our small business leaders to engage in an open discussion on how we can make our economic development policies stronger and beneficial to businesses of all sizes.”