Sen. Bennet pays visit to young entrepreneurs

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., walked out of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce building on Wednesday clutching a Practical Tackle container that allows anglers to carry rod, reel, license, leader, lure and a few other items in one place.

“I think you could sell that,” Bennet said of the Practical Tackle product.

Bennet spoke to members of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, one of two in Colorado (the other is in Montrose) about the value of running one’s own business.

“People are interested in diversifying their economies” on the Western Slope, he said. “They’re thinking about other assets.”

Entrepreneurs, he told the members of the academy, have responsibilities and freedoms “that other people don’t have.”

Lawmakers also have responsibilities, he said, pointing to a measure he sponsored with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., that would require the arrest of senators if they try to leave the Capitol during a government shutdown, which could be looming if a budget agreement can’t be reached this month.

“We shouldn’t have a government shutdown,” Bennet said.

Among the entrepreneurs who spoke to Bennet were Jaxon Monroe, 15; Raleigh Abbott, 17; Zachary Smith, 12; Wendy Espinoza, 17,; and Kearstyn Williams, 16.


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