Organizing For America Launches Grassroots Effort to Engage Pennsylvania Small Businesses
By John McDonald
Organizing for America (OFA), a grassroots organizing project fueled by the Democratic National Committee and geared toward building support for President Obama’s legislative agenda, has announced an initiative aimed at reaching out to small businesses in Pennsylvania, PoliticsPA has learned.
The project is part of OFA’s larger fifty-state plan to engage small business owners in high-traffic urban areas and inform them of the Obama administration’s efforts to support small businesses and update entrepreneurs and business owners on the resources available to them.
In Pennsylvania, that effort will include “visiting beauty and barber shop owners in Northeast Philadelphia, restaurants and coffee shops in Old City Philadelphia and locally owned book stores in Harrisburg,” according to Kerri Axelrod, OFA’s Pennsylvania spokesperson.
“Small businesses’ thriving is key to America winning the future – they are establishments that are hubs of innovative ideas and engines for job growth,” she said.
OFA’s push comes on the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address, in which he emphasized the importance of investing in small businesses in the effort to reduce unemployment and revitalize the economy. The President has already proposed offering a tax credit to small businesses who hire new workers, eliminating the capital gains tax on small business investments, and extending tax breaks for businesses investing in new equipment.
“In their outreach to small business owners, OFA volunteers will make sure these owners know about all the resources and benefits the Administration has available to them through such initiatives and legislation as the Startup America Initiative, the Affordable Care Act, and the Small Business Jobs Act,” Axelrod told PoliticsPA.com.