​​​​​​​Trump Cabinet Member Linda McMahon to Highlight Vital Role of Small Businesses in Economic Development & National Small Business Week in Indiana

Advisory Date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Contact: 
Andrea Roebker, 312-888-6516, andrea.roebker@sba.gov

WHAT:      Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and voice of small businesses on President Trump’s Cabinet, will visit Indiana during National Small Business Week to highlight the vital role of small businesses in economic development and job creation, as well as opportunities for capital, education and federal contracting available to them.

Following a keynote speech at the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders conference in Indianapolis, the Administrator will visit Speedway for a manufacturer’s roundtable, an awards ceremony highlighting the state’s small business winners and champions and a Main Street tour in the town, which has created four vibrant development districts supported by entrepreneurs and is home to many Indy Car racing small businesses.

WHEN/WHERE:       Wednesday, May 3, 2017, approximate times

9 am         NAGGL keynote speech, Hyatt Regency, 1 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis

10 am       Manufacturer’s Roundtable at AJ Foyt’s, 1184 N Main St, Speedway, featuring:

  • Circle City Rebar (Indianapolis)
  • Dedrick Tool & Die, Inc. (Bluffton)
  • ELuxurySupply.com (Evansville)
  • Infinity Products, Inc. (Avon)
  • ITAMCO (Plymouth)
  • Jackel Inc. (Mishawaka)
  • Paragon Force Engaged Solutions (Bloomfield)
  • Speedread Technologies (Indianapolis)
  • Stace-Allen Chucks (Indianapolis)

11:30 am  Indiana Small Business Award Ceremony with Indiana Economic Development Corporation at Dallara Car Factory, 1201 Main Street, Speedway (open media)

1:45 pm   Main Street tour with stops at Speedway businesses (open media)

  • Dallara Car Factory, 1201 Main St., Speedway
  • Big Woods Restaurant, 1002 Main St., Speedway; supported with SBA loan
  • Speedway Indoor Karting, 1067 Main St., Speedway; supported with SBA loan and to include race car ride with Sarah Fisher

WHO:

  • SBA Administrator Linda McMahon
  • Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson
  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Elaine Bedel
  • Indiana Small Business Development Centers State Director Troy Phelps
  • Speedway Town Manager Jacob Blasdel
  • Speedway Town Council President Gary Raikes
  • Local small business owners and champions

WHY:         National Small Business Week (April 30 to May 6) recognizes the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities, and create jobs. Their skills and creativity not only support their own families, they make neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work and fuel the state’s, and nation’s, economic strength. Small businesses are the engine of America’s economy and in Indiana, 99.4 percent of the businesses are small. The state’s half million small businesses employ 46 percent of the Indiana’s workforce, or 1.2 million people.