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Congressional Testimony

Thank you, Senator Heitkamp, for convening this hearing and for your leadership in the Senate to support North Dakota’s small businesses, including Fargo/Morehead’s vibrant startup community.

North Dakota’s GDP and personal income have grown faster than virtually any other state over the past decade, while your 3.1 percent unemployment rate is the second-lowest in the country. This progress is attributable almost exclusively to the North Dakota’s small business sector.

Good afternoon Chair Landrieu, Ranking Member Snowe, and members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to discuss the SBA Disaster Assistance Program and the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on small businesses. I would also like to thank the Administrator, Karen Mills, for providing me with the opportunity to lead the Disaster Program as the Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance.

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