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Honoring small business, local commerce

Honoring small business, local commerce

Obama Administration officials mark Small Business Saturday

Welcome back from Thanksgiving and a long weekend of themed retail days. As you can see below, I got “Small Business Saturday” started on the right foot this year.

Photo of Secretary Foxx trying on running shoes

And I wasn't alone at the Charlotte Running Company; a lot of customers seemed to have the same idea I did about putting in some miles to work off Thanksgiving calories.

For more than a decade, the Charlotte Running Company has helped North Carolinians re-enact their favorite scenes from Rocky or Chariots of Fire. Of course, they've also helped thousands of people in my hometown get in shape and stay fit.

I’m proud to count myself among their customers – especially last Saturday, a day set aside by the Small Business Administration for celebrating the engines of our local economies.

I’m also proud that when it comes to all modes of transportation, not just running, DOT “shops small,” too. Our Department has earned an A-rating from the Small Business Administration –the highest rating a government agency can be awarded– for our work with local companies and contractors.

Across the country, we’ll continue to work with businesses large and small that are focused on improving our nation’s railways, runways, roadways and waterways.

Anthony Foxx is the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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Secretary Foxx, Thank you for your business and for bringing awareness to small locally owned businesses! -Scott Dvorak Owner Charlotte Running Co.

Mr. Secretary. I am a former Charlotean now living in the DC area as you are. As I am sure you are aware Charlotte is one of America's great cities. My wife and I make frequent trips yearly just to hang out at Birkdale Village or take a leisurely walk around Jetton Park. I am also a former Bank Of America employee and have worked as a contractor for the FAA in New Jersey. Having said all that I know that Charlotte is an ideal city to perform with excellence and precision a lot of the needed IT work for the federal government. The quality of life, the conducive environment for learning and the highly trained and competent workforce from the banking and IT industry in Charlotte would be perfect for offsetting the skills that in such great demand in DC. Thank you and the administration for supporting small business across the country. I love Charlotte and hope that it will be an option for my wife and I to retire to the Peninsula. If there is any place in America that could help America excel, it's Charlotte. Just a thought.. And good luck..
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