U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District celebrated the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week and recognized the entrepreneurial spirit of the many small businessmen and women across New Mexico who are an essential part of the economy and our communities.
“This week, we celebrate American small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in New Mexico, that are the backbone of our economy. These small businesses create good-paying jobs that positively affect local communities, and they must be the engines of growth as we work to turn our economy around,” Luján said.
In an effort to provide more stability and certainty for small businesses so that they may spur economic growth and create new jobs, Luján has called for action to address the across-the-board sequester cuts that are impacting businesses across New Mexico and for action on House Democrats’ “Make It In America” agenda to reinvigorate our economy and provide incentives for small businesses to invest here at home.
“Arbitrary, across-the-board cuts to innovation and education harm small businesses now and in the future. Instead, we should be making investments in areas that help small businesses expand and hire,” Luján said. “I have introduced legislation to help small businesses partner with our national labs in order to move technological innovations to the market place that will lead to new ventures that create good jobs.
“Last year, small businesses created nearly 700,000 jobs, accounting for 40 percent of employment gains across companies of all sizes. Additionally, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.
“Recently I toured Bueno Foods, a shining example of a small business that has served New Mexicans for generations, carrying out the tradition of unique New Mexico cuisine,” Luján said. “Businesses like Bueno Foods are a part of the fabric of our community. We must remain committed to supporting the small businesses that are already leading the way, while finding ways to ensure that any entrepreneur that wants to start a small business has the opportunity to do so.”