Senator Debbie Stabenow Visits Traverse City

Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in Northern Michigan Friday afternoon talking to small business owners.

The senator also visited several local shops and restaurants and talked about new legislation just introduced in Washington meant to help local business.

The senator and business owners discussed a number of topics as they walked through downtown Traverse City Friday including what can be done to grow an already booming Traverse City economy.

The new legislation senator Stabenow highlighted would give a 25 percent tax credit to small businesses planning to grow and expand.

“One of the things that I’ve found is that there are a lot of folks getting started working out of their home, maybe a community kitchen, they’re making a food product but they want to take that next step to have their own store so they too can be downtown Traverse City,” said Stabenow.  

Local business owners also shared other concerns beyond taxes as debates in Washington continue to address multiple issues that have the potential to impact small business across Northern Michigan.

“From a business perceptive we want solid infrastructure, we want an educated base, a good work force and we want good health care so that our people are healthy and they feel like somebody has their back if something bad happens to any of us,” said Mike Busley, Co-founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company.

Bill Golden also met with the senator. His business was just named one of the top five in the country by the National Retail Federation. He says having these conversations is crucial.

“For my fellow retailers out there, I think it’s very important to be able to talk with your legislatures and let them know what your concerns are,” said Golden.

As for that legislation Stabenow introduced, it remains in committee in Washington. 

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