FEDC Inside Track for Legislative Affairs: Governor’s Florida Small Business Summit To Be Held November 5

Oct 23, 2009

A daylong series of discussions and workshops to promote free enterprise for Florida’s small businesses has been scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Tallahassee.  Led by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, over 20 small business owners from across Florida have been invited to participate in the Small Business Summit, which is being augmented by ongoing roundtable discussions with Florida Small Business Development Center stakeholders on a statewide basis.

To view participants and more information about the Summit, click here.

A video message from Governor Crist about the summit, along with a video transcript and press release are reprinted below.


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Governor Charlie Crist’s Video Message Regarding Small Business Summit 

Please find the video message below from Governor Charlie Crist regarding the Small Business Summit occurring on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Governor Crist, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, the Governor’s Director of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development Dale Brill, and leadership from across the administration will join more than 20 small business owners from across Florida for the summit’s daylong series of discussions and workshops aimed at establishing ideas that can foster and promote free competitive enterprise for Florida’s small business owners.

Date:  Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Place:  The Capitol, Cabinet Meeting Room, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL  32399


Note:  The video message above is playable by RealPlayer.  To view alternative video formats, click here.


Transcript of the Governor’s Video Message

Hi, I’m Charlie Crist.

I believe Florida small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they will be the spring board for sustainable economic growth going forward. That is why we must tap into the practical wisdom of those in the trenches of Florida’s economic turnaround.   

I have invited more than 20 small businesses from across our state to participate in a statewide small business summit next month in Tallahassee.

Our administration will sit down with them in hopes of establishing ideas that can foster and promote free competitive enterprise for Florida’s small business owners.

The participants represent a diverse cross-section of the kinds of small businesses throughout our state that play a vital role toward strengthening our state’s economic engine, including publishing, transportation, health care, hospitality, environmental services, contractors and financial services.

Small businesses are on the frontlines of Florida’s economic turnaround, and I look forward to hearing from this diverse group during the course of this summit.


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