Congressman Kim Kicks Off National Small Business Week with Ocean County Small Business Tour
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) kicked off National Small Business Week with a tour of small businesses in Ocean County.
“If we want to keep our economy strong, we need to keep our small businesses empowered to grow and create jobs,” said Congressman Kim. “There are more than 13,000 small businesses in Ocean and Burlington Counties. Each one of those small businesses represent the ideas, initiative and aspiration that make New Jersey an economic leader and great place to live.”
Congressman Kim visited The Music Academy, A Thyme for All Seasons, Bubbys Beanery and the Downtown Shops @53 Main, where he spoke with small business owners and employees about efforts in Congress to empower small businesses to create jobs and create new opportunities in New Jersey.
“The BID joined Congressman Andy Kim in meeting with downtown businesses to discuss the challenges they are facing and the opportunities they are being presented in the current economy,” said Nick Zorojew, Executive Director of the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District. “Connecting business owners with their public officials is one of the reasons the BID exists. It is encouraging to see those at the federal level engaging our stakeholders. It means Toms River is an area to watch as it strides toward revitalizing its downtown waterfront and enhances its business climate.”
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.
“Listening to our small business owners here in New Jersey will make for better policies in Congress,” said Congressman Kim. “I look forward to sharing their insights with my colleagues and delivering for them in Washington.”
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.