Kulik, Policy Committee discuss importance of small business development across Pennsylvania

CARNEGIE, Sept.5 –State Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Carnegie Borough Municipal Building on Small Business Development.

Kulik was joined by state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of small business development and growth across the commonwealth.

“Today’s hearing was a great discussion on the need to focus on and develop small businesses across Pennsylvania,” Kulik said. “Small businesses have been the backbone to local communities for decades, despite their decline in recent years. This hearing was a big step in the right direction as we look to revamp small businesses across the state.”

The committee heard testimony from Carol Kilko, deputy secretary of business financing for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; and Gerald Ferguson, associate professor of business at the Community College of Allegheny County. The committee also heard comments from local business owners in attendance.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

Today’s meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which focuses on people first and working together to build a stronger Pennsylvania through good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Visit plan4pa.com for additional information about the Democrats’ plan.