Tipton forms caucus for small businesses

A 19-member small-business caucus has been established in Congress to foster economic certainty for entrepreneurs and small ventures.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton R-Colo., founded the caucus with Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, to increase awareness in the capital of the issues that affect small businesses.

“This bipartisan partnership will provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with a new platform for their voices to be heard in Washington,” Tipton said in a statement. “As a lifelong small-business owner, I’ve experienced many of the challenges that go along with operating a small business and signing the front of a paycheck. I intend to use this experience as a guide for our work on the Small Business Caucus.”

A voice for small business is needed in the Capitol, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce President Diane Schwenke said, noting that a background in such ventures “tends to be a rarity” in Congress.

Tipton founded Mesa Verde Indian Pottery in Cortez with his brother more than 30 years ago. 

Pingree has owned several small businesses and now owns a lodge and farm.

The caucus is intended to raise awareness among legislators of issues that most affect small businesses including regulation, taxation, access to capital and technology and exploring legislative solutions to encourage entrepreneurship and small-business growth.

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners can contact the caucus at Tipton.house.gov and put “Small Business Caucus” in the subject line.


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