August 23, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce VP to Deliver Keynote at Get Connected Luncheon in Mobile

August 22, 2012


Steve Russell, left, of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, stops to speak with Harrietta Eaton, vice president of CorroMetrics during the annual business expo being hosted by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, Aug. 26, 2010, at the Mobile Convention Center. (Press-Register/G.M. Andrews)

MOBILE, Alabama -- What regulatory changes are needed to encourage U.S. business investment and what does this mean for Alabama businesses? Those questions and more will be answered at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's Get Connected luncheon.

The event, held in conjunction with the Chamber's Business Expo, will feature the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Vice President of small business policy, Giovanni Coratolo, as the keynote speaker.

Coratolo said he will discuss the challenges facing small business and policies being discussed in Washington D.C. that will promote and sustain economic and job growth for small businesses.

"Small businesses are driving in a fog," he said. "They have the ability to go forward faster, but the inability to see clear beyond the next month or so instills reluctance in wanting to grow their businesses."

Coratolo said the United States has a weak economy in which there is a tremendous amount of uncertainly in the future. He said he will discuss how this uncertainty has created a chilling effect with small businesses' desire and ability to create jobs, made worse by aggressive regulatory enforcement and uncertain ability to access capital.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and will be followed immediately by the Mobile Business Resource Fair.

Mobile's only business-to-business trade show, the fair will give entrepreneurs access to assistance in finance, marketing, management and technical areas, and the opportunity to connect with federal, state and local government agencies.

Mobile Area Chamber members will have the opportunity to promote and market their companies at the event, which exceeded 1,700 people and 220 exhibitors in 2011. The fair will be take place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the convention center. Admission is free with a business card and is open to everyone.

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