Sestak touts small businesses in West Philly

    Joe Sestak visited a west Philadelphia business community on Monday to talk about the importance of small business jobs.

    Some West Philadelphia business owners got to share their concerns with Democratic U-S Senate candidate Joe Sestak Monday when he visited the 52nd Street Business Corridor August 30.

    Sestak says to help the country and small businesses grow and thrive, it’s important to encourage small business lending, and strengthen small business programs targeting women, veterans and minorities.

    “Philadelphia’s at its lowest employment in modern history and it’s because of small businesses,” he says.  “We have less small businesses today than we had 30 years ago.  They create 80% of all jobs.  If there is now a time when we could come together in Washington D.C. and say where should we focus?  It’s in small businesses!”

    A spokeswoman for Sestak’s opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, says Toomey is a former small business owner who knows that job creation comes from hardworking individuals, not from government bureaucrats.

    A recent Franklin and Marshall College poll shows Toomey leading Sestak by nine points among those most likely to vote.

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