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Administrator Linda McMahon and Small Business Week
During Small Business Week, I hosted Administrator of the SBA, Linda McMahon in Raleigh for a series of events. She was selected by President Trump to be part of his cabinet because of her success as a businesswoman, creating a multibillion dollar company with WWE. During her visit we visited Triangle Rock Club, attended a small business awards luncheon and wrapped up with a town-hall with the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Although it was an early morning wake up call, I had a blast at the Opening Ceremony for the Lineworkers Rodeo in Wake Forest. This is an annual event that is held each year around the United States. This year, North Carolina was able to host the best lineworkers in the country to compete in their version of the Olympics. From the fly over to the competitions, it was an awesome morning. These men and women truly do “keep the lights” on for all of us and we should be grateful for their work throughout our communities.
Henry Clay Day
Another great Henry Clay Day at our office. We always look forward to celebrating the life of one of our country’s greatest statesmen, as well as honoring a leader from North Carolina that puts principles over politics. This year we honored High Point native Dr. Robert “Bob” J. Brown as the newest inductee into The Order of the Henry Clay Oak.
Brown’s career includes working with Martin Luther King Jr. and serving on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, working for U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, and serving as a direct report and adviser to President Richard Nixon.
On the road in Morganton and Hickory
I had a great day on the road visiting Morganton and Hickory. Started off with the Special Olympics opening ceremony, then visited WPCC as well as the future site of the Western Campus of the School of Science and Math, and wrapped up with a NFIB Business Roundtable.
Opening of Standard Process Inc.
I joined leadership from Standard Process Inc. for their ribbon-cutting at the North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis. Standard Process, a manufacturer of high-quality nutritional supplements, has chosen North Carolina as the location for its Nutrition Innovation Center. We welcome Standard Process and thank you for choosing our state. Be on the lookout for a video that we are doing about this operation.