Senator Stabenow Tours Small Businesses in Southwest Michigan

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow met with small businesses in Southwest Michigan as part of her small business tour across the state. Stabenow started her tour in Plainwell where she visited Plainwell Flowers, RWE Healthy Living, and Dancing Dogs Quilt Shop. Later, she toured RNS Packaging, Greg’s Paw Paw Blend, and Edgin Creations in Paw Paw before touring Vineyard 2121, Murfee’s Boutique, and Lark’s Bar-B-Que in Benton Harbor.

Senator Stabenow’s small business tour has also included stops in Monroe, Jackson, Flint, Bay City, Ludington, Onaway, Grand Haven, Hastings, Holland, Muskegon, Marquette, St Ignace and Escanaba.

“It’s great to see all of the thriving small businesses and entrepreneurs in Southwest Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “When we buy local, whether it’s from a neighborhood florist, jeweler, or restaurant, it’s a win for our economy.”

“I really appreciate all that Senator Stabenow does for small business,” said Pam Porritt, Owner of Plainwell Flowers. “We were happy to tell her that through the Economic Development Administration’s Revolving Loan Fund Program, we were recently able to buy a new delivery van for our business.”

“It is great to have a senator who is willing to help and visit a startup business like ours,” said Rich Daniels, Owner of RNS Packaging. “We really appreciate Senator Stabenow’s enthusiasm and were delighted to speak with her about how RNS has been a leader in sustainable packaging.

“I was thrilled to be able to show Senator Stabenow all of the work that goes into our custom-made jewelry and speak with her about how small businesses operate and support each other,” said Ginger Smietana, Owner of Edgin Creations.

“I was honored to have Senator Stabenow visit our store and speak with her about our exciting plans to grow our business,” said Ethel Golliday, owner of Murfee’s Boutique.

“Not everyone will roll up their sleeves and make sure that your restaurant is getting the support it needs to grow and thrive,” said Marvin Raglon, one of the Partners of Lark’s Bar-B-Que. “We are extremely pleased with Senator Stabenow’s involvement and willingness to stop in, lend a hand, and discuss ways to improve our small business and others in the area.”