Finkenauer Visits Small Businesses in Fayette

November 26, 2019
Press Release

Finkenauer Visits Small Businesses in Fayette

WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) toured Main Street in Fayette, Iowa. Finkenauer was joined by Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe.

“Ensuring our rural small businesses have the tools they need to thrive is one of my top priorities,” Congresswoman Finkenauer said, “As we move closer to the holiday shopping season, it’s important to remember our locally-owned family businesses are the backbone of our community. I will continue standing up for our local small business owners and hard-working families, like those that I met today.”

Monday’s stop was an opportunity to hear from small business owner in downtown Fayette on what tools are most helpful to entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses in rural communities.

Finkenauer stopped at six local businesses in Fayette:

  • Poor Automotive
  • Beauty Room
  • Fayette Sweets
  • Shrubb’s Street Eatery
  • Scott Pharmacy
  • Driftless Area Guide Company

Finkenauer also visited Upper Iowa University.

Earlier this year, Finkenauer led a bipartisan effort that secured robust funding for programs that help entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses, including Small Business Development Centers, Microloan Technical Assistance, Women’s Business Centers, State and Trade Export Promotion, Veterans Business Outreach Centers, and SCORE, which connects budding entrepreneurs with experienced business leaders who volunteer their assistance.

The Trump Administration had previously proposed cuts to these programs but Finkenauer successfully worked with her Democratic and Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives, not only preventing the cuts but strengthening the programs that have been working for entrepreneurs across the state. 

Finknenauer is a member of the House Committee on Small Business and is the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship (RATE).