Entrepreneurial Congressman says, “Start Now!”

Categories // Entrepreneurship, General, Small Business Owners

“There may not be a better time than now, to start,” shared Congressman Reed Ribble during last week’s small business round table hosted by Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center. Congressman Ribble enthusiastically shared his own experiences as a successful, serial, entrepreneur and small business owner. He’s owned three different businesses: a family-owned roofing company, partnership in a construction industry-related business and a recording company in Nashville. Congressman Ribble is passionate about small businesses and the jobs they create, stating to the intimate group, “most job creation comes from businesses of five years old or less.” 

Several people asked questions about small business issues regarding the Affordable Care Act, trademark law and accessing capital. Congressman Ribble was informative and respectful with his responses. He shared that the Affordable Care Act causes a lot of people concern and he and others are working with the President to address some of the challenges in the new law. His demeanor (even though he was fighting a bad case of bronchitis) was positive and compassionate. He shared he thinks people get too caught up with “demonizing ideas” brought forward to address today’s challenges. He believes to solve our challenges we need to listen to each other and work together.

As far as launching a small business and entrepreneurial firm Congressman Ribble said, “Today the opportunity is broad and bright. The American marketplace is full of pent-up demand.” We agree and are wondering, what do you think? Do you agree with Congressman Ribble? Do you think now is the right time to launch or grow your small business?

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