The BizFilings blog covering business tips and trends.
White House Plans to Send Cabinet Members to Small Businesses Across the Country
Published on Jan 28, 2011
Read 'White House Plans to Send Cabinet Members to Small Businesses Across the Country' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced plans Thursday for White House cabinet members to travel throughout the country, aiming to bolster small businesses exports while also encouraging the sector to enter the global economy.
The move is part of President Barack Obama's National Export Initiative - announced a year ago - which strives to double U.S. exports by 2015.
"For America to win the future, more small and medium-sized businesses must export," Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in a statement, "because the more small businesses export, the more they produce; the more they produce, the more workers they need, and that means good-paying jobs here at home."
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, the president praised the business community - particularly small companies - for its role in generating the level of innovation and ingenuity that the country is known for.
Furthermore, to help realize the export goal, Obama urged Congress to pass a pending free-trade agreement with South Korea.
Tuesday's address fit in with the president's recent push to improve relations with the business sector. Last week, he signed an executive order calling for a government-wide review of regulations - measures which place unnecessary burdens on small businesses and impede entrepreneurs forming a corporation.