Yesterday the cities of Alpena and East Tawas got a special visit.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was in town. Senator Stabenow toured small business operations as part of her statewide local small business tour. She first met with business owners and employees in East Tawas at Branham’s Jewelry and Tawas Tools.
Afterwards she headed north to Alpena, stopping at Stoney Acres Winery and Omni Metalcraft. Senator Stabenow has visited over 80 small businesses across the state as a part of her small business tour.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan’s small businesses employed over half or 1.8 million of the state’s private work force in 2012.
After hearing about the need for skilled workers and continued partnerships, Stabenow is now working to change tax laws so that incentives will be given to companies to remain stateside.