|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|September 26, 2017|
|Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839|
|Governor Walker Hosts Seventh Annual Small Business Summit, Announces Small Business Agenda|
|MADISON – Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch today hosted Wisconsin small business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs in roundtable discussions in Rothschild at the seventh annual Governor’s Small Business Summit. Governor Walker began hosting the event his first year in office to ensure business owners and government officials can directly engage each other and discuss opportunities for developing Wisconsin’s successful business climate. Governor Walker also announced his Small Business Agenda, a four-step approach to helping and strengthening Wisconsin small businesses.“Our small businesses are at the core of Wisconsin’s economy, so it’s critical we listen to and address business leaders’ concerns and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed,” said Governor Walker. “Our annual Small Business Summit allows these key business leaders to gather together and network with each other while working with government leaders to keep our economy strong and moving forward.”
According to Chief Executive Magazine, Wisconsin is a top 10 state for business – up from 41st place in 2010.
The seventh annual Governor’s Small Business Summit includes the opportunity for attendees to “Ask a Cabinet Secretary Anything,” and attend breakout sessions relating to expanding international exports, developing their workforce, and working with local legislators and agencies.
“The Governor’s Small Business Summit is a great opportunity for small business owners to let us know how best to keep Wisconsin one of the best states to do business,” said Lt. Governor Kleefisch, who helped to organize the summit. “Our administration is focused on supporting small businesses as best we can, and we’re excited for this key component of our economy to continue to expand and add jobs for hardworking Wisconsinites.”
Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and cabinet members spoke with business owners about policy priorities that help small business owners, including broadband expansion grants and ongoing workforce development initiatives.
Governor Walker’s Small Business Agenda
Step One: Reduce business costs
Step Two: Prepare the workforce
Step Three: Remove barriers to work
Step Four: Attract new talent