State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will hold his fourth annual Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Businesses Lobby Day on Feb. 12.
“Just like many other small businesses, businesses owned by minorities, women and the disadvantaged have the potential to produce jobs to help reduce unemployment and improve the economy,” Mr. Wheatley said. “This event is designed to promote their participation in state contracts and purchasing to help small business grow in the Commonwealth.”
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol Complex and is open to business owners, community leaders and concerned citizens. In addition to the other planned activities, the day will feature a news conference in which Mr. Wheatley will discuss legislation he is introducing designed to improve the participation of minorities, women and the disadvantaged in state contracts and purchasing.
Mr. Wheatley chaired the House Select Committee on Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Inclusion in a past session. As a result of the committee’s six-month investigation, legislation was introduced and approved by the House that would have made reforms benefiting these businesses in Pennsylvania. This session, he said, he is pushing forward to get the bill passed in both chambers.
“We have come a long way and now we need to push these reforms through to the governor’s desk for his signature into law,” he said.
For more information or to register to attend Rep. Wheatley’s lobby day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-783-3783 by Jan. 25.