AEO Releases “Bigger Than You Think” Report to Packed House on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, November 14, AEO hosted Congressional Briefing to present its latest report, Bigger Than You Think: The Economic Impact of Microbusiness in the United States. “This study offers evidence that microbusinesses create a variety of economic impacts, producing salutary effects on families that cut across racial, ethnic, and gender lines…microbusinesses are vital vehicles that put the unemployed to work, help families achieve economic self-sufficiency, and narrow America’s wealth gap,” said Connie Evans, President and CEO.

Speakers included:

  • Jane Campbell, Staff Director, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Connie Evans, President and CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
  • Gina E. Wood, Member, Economic Impact Council and Senior Director, Program Development, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Ann Sullivan, SVP, Government Relations, AEO and President, Madison Services Group, Inc.
  • Todd Greene, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Ann Marie Mehlum, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Jason Tepperman, Director, Small Business Lending Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Patricia Harris, Chairwoman, AEO Board of Directors
  • Meseret Bekele, Owner, Ethiopic and Batter Bowl
  • Rohan Mathew, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Intersect Fund and AEO Board Member
  • Christina Stockamore, Senior Small Business Lending Officer, Latino Economic Development Center

For more information and to read the full report, please click here.