Sen. MacDonald hosts small business roundtable

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Thursday led a small business roundtable with local business owners at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township.

“Small businesses are responsible for much of Michigan’s new job creation, yet are often overlooked by government economic development strategies,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The main goal of this roundtable was to hear from our small business community and let them know that we are here as a resource to help them thrive and create jobs in Macomb County.

“One of the most important things I can do as a senator is remove obstacles to growth and foster an environment that supports success and new opportunities.”

MacDonald listened to several leaders from Macomb County small businesses, including FreeStar Financial Credit Union Chairman Raymond White, Jr.; Tom Sokol Insurance Agency owner Tom Sokol; Suburban Bolt and Supply Co. President Eric Peterson; Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. Marketing Manager Wayne Oehmke, and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Ashlyn Willard. They talked about the state of the economy and the unique challenges facing small businesses.

During the roundtable, MacDonald highlighted his work on a roads plan and a new bipartisan legislative package he will be sponsoring to implement an entrepreneurship-led economic development plan.

“Fixing Michigan’s roads is a top priority of mine. I know how important good roads are to economic growth and our quality of life,” MacDonald said. “I have been taking part in Senate workgroups to find the best possible solution for fixing our roads — one that is affordable, sustainable and doesn’t put the burden on our taxpayers at the pump.”


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