BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Small business owners met Congressman Kweisi Mfume Tuesday in East Baltimore to talk about the challenges they face as they recover from the pandemic.
“This is a very, very important opportunity to hear directly from small business owners in the Greater Baltimore area,” said Representative Mfume.
The congressman held a roundtable discussion with small business owners in Baltimore at the East Baltimore Historical Library to learn more about the issues they were facing.
Barnett Carroll, president of Aegis Mechanical Corporation (a commercial mechanical contracting company), was one of the owners invited to join the discussion. He told WJZ that many small businesses are facing a range of problems right now.
“Delivery times, delivery times for equipment and materials, escalating prices, there is no shortage of challenges,” says Carroll.
Inflation, supply chains, hiring issues, and issues working with the Small Business Administration were some of the difficulties the owners raised during the discussion.
Congressman Mfume, vice chair of the House Committee on Small Business, said it’s important to hear directly from small business owners so he can send their feedback on Capitol Hill.
“It’s very important to me to go to communities like this to hear this and take the right course of action to get back into parliament and make adjustments,” the MP said.
Caroll said he hopes that the meeting will help make a difference.
“I’m optimistic that some notes have been made and there will be a follow-up on some of the things that affect not only me but a lot of people,” he said.
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