Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Detroit’s Indian Village and West Village

Monday, September 25, 2017

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with business owners in Detroit’s Indian Village and West Village as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow met with business owners at Sister Pie, Parker Street Gallery, Goodness Gracious Alive, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions, and Detroit Body Garage.

Stabenow’s tour has included over 120 stops in communities across the state including Munising, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Tawas, Alpena, Three Rivers, Fenton, Marshall, Big Rapids, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Bangor, South Haven, St. Johns, Lapeer, Imlay City, Portland, Ionia, Battle Creek, Albion, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Utica, Plainwell, Paw Paw, Benton Harbor, Monroe, Jackson, Flint, Bay City, Ludington, Onaway, Grand Haven, Hastings, Holland, Muskegon, Marquette, St. Ignace, Escanaba and Newberry.

“Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of meeting with so many hardworking and innovative business owners in Michigan who help keep our economy growing,” said Senator Stabenow. “It was inspiring to talk with small business owners in Detroit’s Indian Village and West Village who have invested their own time, money and ideas into making their businesses and their community successful.”

Recently, Senator Stabenow introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act to provide a 25 percent tax credit for small businesses that are getting started or planning to grow and expand. Since the 1970s, small businesses have created 55 percent of all new jobs but scaling up is one of the most expensive hurdles for a business.  Stabenow’s legislation supports businesses that are in the process of getting off the ground, as well as businesses that have started small and want to expand from an incubator or home into their first facility.

"We were thrilled that Senator Stabenow stopped by last week,” said Lisa Ludwinkski, Owner of Sister Pie. “She asked me what I needed as a small business owner and we had a good chat. Then she tried two kinds of pie and spent time talking with every customer and staff member in the shop."