Small Business

Jared grew up working on his family’s small business in Leeds, Maine and learning from his parents about the hard work it takes to keep a small business going these days. He knows small businesses are especially important to us in Maine, particularly in rural areas. From lobster boats to dairy farms to the remaining shops that line Main Street in towns across the state, Mainers have a proud legacy of independent, family-owned businesses that we must fight to preserve. 

Small businesses provide more than half of the jobs in our state. So when Jared arrived in Congress, he sought out a position on the House Small Business Committee, where he can work directly on the issues that affect Maine small businesses. Jared leads the committee’s work to improve infrastructure for small businesses across the country and help them compete for federal contracts as chairman of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure. As part of this work, Jared passed a bill through the House to reauthorize and expand the Small Business Development Center program, which provides low- or no-cost business counseling and training at 11 locations throughout the Second District to help Mainers launch or grow their small businesses.

Since taking office in January, Jared has been travelling the Second District meeting with small businesses and convening roundtables with small business owners to learn what they need to succeed and grow. He’s focused on making Washington work for Maine small businesses and connecting them with the resources they need to be successful: capital and grant opportunities, business training, advising, mentoring services, and other programs designed to help them grow and create jobs. In September, Jared brought a congressional hearing to Machias, Maine to learn from small broadband providers and municipal leaders about the challenges they face bringing broadband to rural communities Down East. 

Small businesses have told Jared that Congress needs to take action to improve our roads, rails, bridges, and other infrastructure. That includes finally making progress on rural broadband, one issue that small businesses struggle with regardless of industry. Jared knows Maine small businesses also need qualified, experienced workers, and he’s working to meet that need by improving the skills of Maine’s workforce through training and apprenticeship programs. He understands that Washington regulations often hold Maine small businesses back, and he looks to cut red tape when regulations don’t make sense for Maine. 

More on Small Business

August 14, 2020 Press Release

LEWISTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08), the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Subcontracting and Infrastructure, introduced the bipartisan Small Business Last Mile Act today. The bill would improve high speed internet access for small businesses in rural areas by helping small businesses build the ‘last mile’ of broadband infrastructure. 

August 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-16) led 22 bipartisan House members today to urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to push for the inclusion of H.R. 7481, the RESTART Act, in their negotiations for upcoming COVID-19 legislation. 

July 21, 2020 Press Release

In Maine, timber harvest expected to be down over 20 percent in 2020 due in large part to COVID-19, Androscoggin Mill explosion

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide relief to family logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is a co-sponsor of the bill.

July 2, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-16) today introduced the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act, a bill to provide America’s small businesses with the flexible, targeted relief they need to survive a prolonged economic downturn and provide jobs. The RESTART program created by the legislation would target small businesses hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis, offering loans for periods up to one year.

June 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) report record demand for their no-cost business advising and training services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee called on Senate committee leaders today to pass the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act

Reps. Pete Stauber (MN-08), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), and Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) joined Golden to urge the Senate to Act. 

May 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Following Congressman Jared Golden’s (ME-02) efforts over the past two months to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses that had struggled with the relief program, the House passed the bipartisan PPP Flexibility Act yesterday. 

May 7, 2020 Press Release

LEWISTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced new legislation today that would make Penobscot Valley Hospital, Calais Regional Hospital, and other non-profit critical access hospitals across the country permanently eligible for small business relief under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).