Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement recognizing National Small Business Week 2011: 

“Small business is the key to our country’s economic future. During National Small Business Week, we honor the accomplishments of dedicated entrepreneurs, whose innovation, risk-taking, and hard work represents the economic engine of our nation.

“Policymakers must remember that government cannot create the spark of ingenuity for a new product, nor the drive to see that idea through to a fully-realized business venture. However we do have the responsibility to foster an environment that encourages new enterprises and helps businesses of the future flourish. This effort includes educating a world-class workforce, rewarding innovation, deploying and improving cutting-edge infrastructure, and balancing federal budgets—overall, setting the stage for successful entrepreneurship and growth.

“With that in mind, I am firmly committed to ensuring that Washington’s small business community continues to thrive. I support economic policies that encourage small business growth, including tax credits and programs that make it easier to navigate the regulations and paperwork often demanded to do business with the federal government.

“We look to the small business community for innovative technologies and practices, job creation for the new economy, and the advancement of American competitiveness in the 21st century. I am proud of the many successful businesses and people of the South Sound region whose efforts in biotech, aerospace, green technologies, and various other fields have created high wage, high-tech jobs, and I am always looking for any way I can help them prosper.”