Contra Costa Times: "Make it in America must be a priority"

Last Thursday, we hosted an important meeting in Walnut Creek with entrepreneurs and local business leaders to talk about opportunities for business growth and job creation. This meeting couldn't have been timelier, as small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle-class families continue struggling to recover from the worst recession in generations.

We asked key federal agencies -- including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States -- to talk with local businesses about initiatives that create good jobs, programs that can help companies produce more goods here at home, and opportunities for our local businesses to export these goods overseas.

The Department of Commerce's Undersecretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez joined us to highlight the National Export Initiative and other programs that help local businesses sell their products around the globe.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs -- like the participants who attended our event last week -- are key to our country's economic recovery.

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