Golden Takes Chairman’s Gavel for Rural Small Business Subcommittee
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) was named Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural and Rural Business Development. The subcommittee gavel was Golden’s top choice given his focus on rural small business in the 116th Congress.
“Washington needs to pay more attention to the economy in rural America as an indicator of our economic health instead of simply watching the rise and fall of stocks on Wall Street; it’s what’s happening on Main Street that matters to the overwhelming majority of people,” said Golden. “As chair of this subcommittee, I will work with my colleagues to focus on meeting the needs of small businesses in rural and underserved communities.”
A member of the House Small Business Committee since he came to Congress, Golden has prioritized small business issues, with a focus on addressing the challenges faced by businesses in rural areas. He has placed a high priority on hearing directly from Maine small businesses, pushed to revive SBA’s Office of Rural Affairs, passed legislation to expand the Small Business Development Center program, introduced legislation to assist small businesses with the ‘last mile’ of broadband access, and much more.
According to census data, Maine is one of the most rural states in the nation, and more than 90% of Maine businesses are small businesses.