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Rep. Blum calls for first small business conference in 23 years

FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo, Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting in Marshalltown, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa Congressman Rod Blum Thursday filed a bipartisan bill that would authorize the 4th White House Conference on Small Business and the first such conference since 1995. In a statement to CBS2/FOX28 News, Rep. Blum's office says the WHCSB would require the conference take place in 2019. Delegates to the National Conference would include one delegate appointed by each Governor or State, one delegate appointed by each Member of the Senate, one delegate appointed by each Member of the House, additional delegates appointed from the respective state conferences, and one hundred delegates appointed by the President.

This legislation would allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to accept monetary and non-monetary resources from non-federal sources to fully fund each of three layers of the WHCSB: state conferences, regional conferences, and the National Conference to be held in Washington, DC.

“The White House Conference on Small Business will provide an opportunity for small businesses in all 50 states to provide input on how government can help small businesses thrive. Said Rep. Blum in a statement. "Since President Trump is a businessman who knows that small businesses are the backbone of the economy, now is the perfect time for this legislation and I am looking forward to watching along as the conference progresses.”

Previous conferences were held during the Carter, Reagan and Clinton Administrations.

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