Texas Governor Rick Perry hosted a small business summit at Texas A&M University on Thursday. The one-day event, held at Reed Arena, was geared to small, minority and women-owned businesses, including those seeking contracts with government entities. The forum featured a series of free workshops on topics including financing business growth and expansion and health care for small employers.
Governor Rick Perry keynoted at Thursday's "Knowledge to Succeed," small business summit at Texas A&M. Perry touched on the government's role to help employers succeed.
"If Texas is to remain a place where jobs and opportunity are abundant, where the American dream is within reach for every family and where government priorities are funded by a growing economy instead of a growing tax burden, then one of our greatest goals must be to help small employers succeed today," Perry said.
Thursday's Regional Economic Opportunity Forum was only one in a series of regional small business summits Governor Perry is hosting around the state. Representatives from almost 200 businesses attended the forum from areas including Bryan/College Station, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and surrounding cities.
During Perry's speech he noted that the legislature has taken several steps to ensure that Texas allows employers to grow.
He touched on the legislature's overhaul of the workers compensation system, lawsuit reform, a $15 million investment in workforce training, a $200 million investment in the Emerging Technology Fund, and a reinvestment of $180 million in the Texas Enterprise Fund.
"Each of these measures is important because they have removed many of the hurdles small businesses face on the road to success, and today my hope is that this summit will help you overcome some of the challenges that remain," Perry said.
Perry encouraged business owners to take advantage of what the summit had to offer. Local and statewide businesses set up booths around Reed Arena for summit participants.
"The possibilities for prosperity are endless if employees are not over-regulated and over-taxed. This is especially true for the small business that operates on a small margin," Perry said. "Small business is vitally important to me, not just because I helped my dad run one, but because they represent the best of Main Street America. They are the incubator where ideas are tested, refined, and perfected so that families can experience opportunities."