CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon has been to West Virginia once during her tenure leading the federal agency; she and Vice President Mike Pence spoke to small business leaders at Foster Supply in March 2017.
Pence talked during a small business roundtable about the need for new tax legislation, which would be the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed nine months later.
“It was just very informative for me to hear the vice president talk about the tax cuts package and how the president certainly understands the need for our small businesses to grow and to thrive because they are the backbone of our economy,” McMahon told MetroNews.
McMahon will make her second stop in West Virginia Tuesday when she visits the SBA’s office in Clarksburg. She will then travel to a South Charleston business and participate in a small business roundtable.
“I made a pledge when I became administrator that I would visit every district office,” she said.
There are 68 offices across the United States, with Tuesday’s visit marking the 51st office for McMahon.
McMahon will stop at Alpha Technologies Inc. in South Charleston. Alpha Technologies specializes in data, voice and video system integration, and works with private businesses and the federal government.
The business’ president and CEO Doug Tate was recognized in May as the first runner-up for the national Small Business Person of the Year award. Alpha Technologies was previously recognized as the West Virginia 2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year.
Afterward, McMahon will talk to small business owners at a roundtable to take place at BridgeValley Community & Technical College.
“I would like to hear more from our small businesses if there are more things we can do from Washington to be helpful in helping them grow,” she said. “The other thing is making them very much aware of all of the outreach that SBA does through not only our access to capital but also through our mentoring programs.”
McMahon said West Virginia’s economy is made up of small businesses, making days like Tuesday’s trip crucial for her agency.
“I want to make sure SBA stops being one of the best-kept secrets in the country for that outreach, above and beyond access to capital,” she said.