Congressman Kim Joins Ocean County Leaders for Small Business Tour
Photos of the tour available upon request
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) was joined by Ocean County small business leaders and Lavallette Mayor Walter LaCicero to meet with small business owners to hear concerns as they work to recover from the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
“I’ve talked with so many small business owners since this crisis began, and it was great to hear directly from our neighbors in Lavallette today,” said Congressman Kim. “These are men and women working hard to create jobs and contribute to our communities, but they’ve gone through some really tough times over the past months. We owe it to them to get them all the help they need to keep their doors open; that’s exactly what I’ve been focused on, and what I will continue to lead the way on, in Congress.”
During his visit to Lavallette, Congressman Kim visited Lava Java Café, Shaded Vision, Crab’s Claw Inn, and Kohr’s Ice Cream and Custard. Earlier in the day, the Congressman visited the Barnegat Oyster Collective, where he spoke with oyster farmers about efforts to help small farmers during the ongoing crisis.
“We are always excited when we have an opportunity to welcome our Congressman, visit our local small businesses and highlight tourism in the Greater Toms River area,” said Danielle Norcross, CEO of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce.
Congressman Kim, a recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access on the House Small Business Committee. During his first term, Congressman Kim introduced the bipartisan Access Business Credit (ABC) Act and Patriotic Employer Protection Act. The Congressman also introduced the Small Business Regulatory Relief Act which would help small business owners cut through regulatory red tape.
Congressman Kim has also been a leader in ensuring small businesses get the help they need during the Coronavirus Crisis. The Congressman has ensured that small business owners’ concerns are heard through his April telephone town hall focused on their issues. He has been an outspoken proponent of transparency and accountability through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other federal efforts, helping to introduce the Protecting the Paycheck Protection Program Act and H.R. 7093, which requires the Small Business Administration to make public which businesses receive PPP assistance.
Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it’s having on the American people. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here.