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Clark County

August 9, 2006

Senate approval

Bayh praises area small business program

Sen. Evan Bayh was in Jeffersonville on Tuesday recognizing achievements and highlighting his plans for small business growth.

During the visit, Bayh recognized Community Action of Southern Indiana for its work helping small businesses get off the ground with its Micro Business Enterprise Program.

Graduates of the program were on hand to share their experiences.

Anthony Miller, a 2003 graduate and owner of MPV Video Productions, said the program was an opportunity for him to learn the ins and outs of starting a new business.

It provided a platform from which to get started, he said. It took a mixture of will and the knowledge that the center provided to get the business up and running.

Miller’s company produces training videos, safety presentations and the like for employers.

The program had a lot of good speakers and resources from which a person can develop the contacts and insight needed to start a business, said Donald Hughes, one of the early graduates of the program.

Community Action's program, in existence since 1994, is a 13-week workshop for potential entrepreneurs. A new workshop begins Saturday.

“It’s proof that with access to the right resources, small businesses can become big successes,” Bayh said. “America has to focus on helping small businesses succeed, not only with small programs such as those offered at Community Action, but also on the federal level.”

Bayh is a member of the Senate’s Small Business Committee.

The federal government needs to provide more incentives to small businesses, he said, noting that around 80 percent of new jobs nationwide are created by small business owners.

The senator has introduced a couple of legislative pieces during this term proposed to help small businesses with tax expenses.

Last December, he introduced a bill providing credits for employee training, increasing the exclusion of capital gains and extending expensing for small businesses.

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