OSAGE, IA – Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley is making some stops in a few North Iowa communities today and one topic up for discussion is focusing on small businesses.
The “Kountry Kupboard” owner, Lynn Eeaster has been running his own business for 12 years, but it hasn’t been without struggles.
Eeaster said, “The first challenge we faced was getting the proper financing around and how the make that work for you and then we kind of like we say sometimes had to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.”
And today, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley is sitting down with local business owners to talk about those obstacles.
Congressman Braley said, “One of the challenges for small businesses is that many of them fail in the first years of operation.”
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Braley is proposing some legislation to help prevent that and keep entrepreneurs like Lynn going strong.
Congressman Braley said, “Over half of the employees in the country work at small businesses that’s why I introduced the “Main Street Stabilization Act” so that small business development centers have more flexibility and resources to help businesses like this one.”
The “Kountry Kupboard’s” success didn’t happen over night. Thats why the “Main Street Stabilization Act” is looking to provide some very specific tools, to help small businesses grow.”
Braley said, “What the small business centers and the small business administrations do is provide a lot of great on line resources where you can see an example of a business plan or a financial plan and you can learn what lenders are looking for and whether or not they’ll give capitol to a business that may be a new business.”
Lynn says having that level of support goes a long way.
He said, “It’s good that they’re involved in getting in there and getting right down into the home towns and finding out whats going on.”