State Representative Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) is pleased that Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill recently that will give priority to small businesses participating in the state’s Small Business Express program who are looking to export their products. The bill had previously passed both the House and Senate unanimously during the 2013 legislative session.
"I applaud the Governor's decision to sign this bill because it expands the net that Connecticut small businesses can use to sell their products," said Rep. Perone. "Small businesses traditionally only have the means to do business within their town or regional market. But by creating an incentive, and letting them know that the state supports them in their effort to expand, I think small businesses will jump at this opportunity to trade globally. The state's economy will ultimately reap the benefits from this bill."
The bill allows the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to prioritize Small Business Express assistance to economic base industries—industries that directly bolster the economy by creating jobs or otherwise supporting economic expansion—in the fields of precision manufacturing, business services, sustainable technology, bioscience, and information technology. Priority may also be given to companies interested in exporting their products or services to foreign markets.
“With more than 37,600 private sector jobs created in the past two years, Connecticut is slowly but surely recovering from the recession—but until everyone who wants a job has a job, we have much more work to do,” said Gov. Malloy. “We know that our industries are primed for growth and we’ve been aggressive about increasing their visibility in foreign markets. This bill will help us continue that work and compete in the global marketplace.”
Representative Perone serves Norwalk’s 137th Assembly district. He is Chair of the Commerce Committee, and a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.