Congressman Kim Announces Small Business Advisory Council to Promote Growth in New Jersey
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced the formation of a Small Business Advisory Council for New Jersey’s Third Congressional District.
“The work we do for small businesses in Congress doesn’t start in the committee room, it starts with the ideas and aspirations of small business owners throughout New Jersey,” said Congressman Kim. “I’m proud to announce the formation of this Advisory Council so we can bring those ideas back to Congress and deliver for our small business owners. I want to thank our co-chairs and I look forward to working with them and the other members of this Council to deliver for New Jersey.”
The Council will be co-chaired by Kristi Howell from Burlington County and Jerry Thompson from Ocean County. The remainder of the Council will consist of small business community leaders throughout the two counties and will meet on a quarterly basis to work together with Congressman Kim on solutions to empower businesses to grow and create jobs.
“It’s great to see a small business council established in Ocean and Burlington Counties,” said Thompson, Chair of the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. “This council allows our small business owners to have a real voice in the policies that impact us every day. I look forward to working together with Congressman Kim to help New Jersey small businesses.”
According to the Small Business Administration, more than 860,000 small businesses are based in New Jersey, employing 1.8 million people. These jobs constitute nearly half of the private-sector workforce in New Jersey.
“I am honored to be asked by Congressman Kim to co-chair his small business advisory council,” said Howell, President and CEO of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Small business is the heart and soul of New Jersey and certainly the 3rd Congressional District. It is exciting to see Congressman Kim take an interest in the small business community and provide us with a voice in Washington, D.C.”
Congressman Kim is a member of the House Committee on Small Business, and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.