WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five clients from the America's SBDC received exclusive invitations to the White House for an August 1st roundtable discussion; Small Business in America - The Engine of the American Dream.

America's Small Business Development Centers (PRNewsFoto/America's SBDC)

Hometown Trolley – Crandon, WI
Northern Star Fire – Eau Claire, WI
Veterans MFG – Katy, TX
Bear Creek Smokehouse – Marshall, TX
Motus Motorcycles -  Birmingham, AL

President Donald Trump addressed the event and talked about job growth, growing small business industries and the future of small business. "My Administration will be with you every step of the way," said President Donald Trump.

He was joined by the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Linda McMahon and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump who later talked about today's small businesses and took questions from attendees.

Kristina Pence-Dunow of Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business in Crandon, WI said, "I am so honored to be selected. I am excited about this opportunity to speak for Small Business and Women in Manufacturing and of course I will be sure to mention how great the SBDC and SBA and especially our Wisconsin branch!"

"Northern Star Fire is humbled to have been invited to the White House to discuss small business in America," said Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire. "We'd like to thank all of the local and state agencies that helped us along the way."

"Everyone at Veterans Manufacturing is continually surprised and honored with the work SBDC does. This is the second time in a year SBDC and the SBA has invited us to Washington, D.C., and now our 11-month-old company was in the White House," said Billy Gibbons, Co-founder, Veterans Manufacturing.

Robbie Shoults, President of Bear Creek Smokehouse said, "working with the SBDC has been an awesome experience throughout the last several years providing us with financial and marketing expertise that is second to none. It was a privilege and honor to be able to attend a discussion at the White House of American Small Business-The Engine of the American Dream after the SBDC recommended me as an attendee."

"It was a big honor for all of us at Motus who've worked so hard and risked so much to build a great manufacturing company in Alabama, said Lee Conn CEO of Motus Motorcycles.

"We are delighted to see SBDC clients recognized at the White House. These businesses have worked hard, provided fantastic products and solutions in their industries and their SBDCs are proud to have helped them. We join the President in supporting their efforts and the success of all small businesses" said Charles "Tee" Rowe, President & CEO of America's SBDC.

About America's SBDC Network
America's SBDC represents the nation's 63 Small Business Development Centers, a national network of partnerships uniting higher education, state and local nonprofit economic development organizations, private enterprise and government. It is the U.S. Small Business Administration's largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. SBDC clients start a new business every 31 minutes, create a new job every 5 minutes, generate $100,000 in new sales every 7 minutes, and raise $100,000 in capital every 11 minutes. www.AmericasSBDC.org

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