Chair of congressional small business committee to visit Southwest Washington

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



The chairman of the U.S. Small Business Committee will visit Vancouver next week to host two roundtable discussions with small business owners.

The chairman, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, a Republican from Missouri, will meet with people from roughly 50 Southwest Washington small businesses from 3 to 4 p.m. April 10. The roundtable will be at the Red Cross Community Room, E.B. Hamilton Hall, 605 Barnes St., at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

The second event is a tour of about a dozen small businesses in Woodland, followed by a roundtable discussion with the owners of those businesses. The tour begins 9 a.m. April 11 at American Paper Converting, 1845 Howard Way in Woodland. The roundtable begins at 10:30 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, also will attend both roundtable meetings. She is a member of the House’s Small Business Committee.

“While this region lacks enough good-paying jobs, we’re not lacking for bright entrepreneurs and dedicated small business owners who would love to grow their operations and hire,” Herrera Beutler said in a Thursday, April 5, statement.

Attendance at the events are limited to those invited.

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