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By U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson Contributing Columnist



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North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. It’s a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities.


Now more than ever, our businesses and workers need real solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy and provide more opportunity. Unfortunately, our small businesses and industries struggle as they are forced to comply with more rules, more paperwork and more red tape coming out of Washington.


I’m determined to change course by getting government out of the way so that our small businesses can thrive and hardworking people can find good jobs. Our federal agencies are run by folks who don’t understand how our local businesses operate and make it harder for businesses to grow and hire.


As your representative, I remain committed to working with both Republicans and Democrats to cultivate an environment where small businesses can succeed, entrepreneurs can create jobs, and workers can get back into the labor force. You can learn more about my jobs plan at Hudson.House.Gov/JOBS.


In an effort to give you the opportunity to join the conversation and meet with federal government officials to discuss these policies that affect your livelihood and your community, I invite you to attend the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit on Sept. 8 and 9 in Washington, D.C.


This annual two-day event provides business leaders from across the state the opportunity to collaborate, network and discuss shared legislative and business concerns. Last year, nearly 300 business leaders attended the summit, built relationships with their U.S. representatives and discussed ways to spur economic growth and bring jobs home to North Carolina.


Attendees from our district included representatives from multiple chambers of commerce and leaders from the transportation, manufacturing, health care, education, hospitality, motion picture, education, energy and financial industries. On top of the invaluable collaboration, attendees heard from special guests, including business leaders from North Carolina and officials from the administration and Capitol Hill, as well as political commentators.


As your representative, I have made it a top priority to meet with businesses and educators in our community to understand the challenges we face when it comes to economic growth and job creation. Economic growth comes when American families and businesses are given the opportunity to work, save and invest.


Job creation begins with getting government out of the way so that our local job creators and entrepreneurs can rejuvenate business and put people back to work. To me, the most valuable part of the summit is hearing firsthand from summit attendees about what I can do to support our entrepreneurs and job creators at home.


I look forward to continuing this important conversation with folks from our district this year at the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit. Please join me and my colleagues, U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Renee Ellmers, George Holding, Walter Jones, Mike McIntyre, Robert Pittenger, David Price, Virginia Foxx and Howard Coble for this important event on Monday, Sept. 8 and Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Washington, D.C.


For more information and to register for the event, please visit Hudson.house.gov/nc-business-economic-development-summit.


U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-Concord, represents Richmond County in North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District.

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