State business roundtable

Panelists included, from left: Raymond Vargo, Director, Small Business Center, University of Pittsburgh; Ravenstahl; Bellevue business owner Mike Kendall; Thomas Link, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh; Lauren Byrne Connelly, Manager of Business Development, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development; Ron Borczyk, Bellevue Director of Administrative Services.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion Tuesday at the Bellevue Borough Building on small-business development and jobs, part of the House Democrats’ “Plan4PA.”

Ravenstahl was joined by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, legislators from across the state and local stakeholders.

“Small businesses are the epicenter of our community. It was great to talk about how helping small businesses grow can improve the job market, create family sustaining wages and retain a talented and diverse workforce,” Ravenstahl explained. “The Plan4PA includes offering low-interest loans to help start and expand small businesses and grow our economy. I look forward to figuring out bright ways to incorporate today’s discussion into the plan.”

Sturla added, “Small-business growth and development play an important role in our economy. There are nearly one million small businesses in Pennsylvania and they employ 2.4 million people. Ravenstahl’s roundtable gave legislators and small business stakeholders the opportunity to talk about how we can help boost the economy and support business owners.”