This week is not just National Small Business Week, but the 50th anniversary of that special week when we celebrate a critical force in the American economy.
So today, I did what nearly every American does at least once a day--I used the services of a small business. Of course, the sandwich I bought from Cornercopia, near our DOT Headquarters, is not the only small business activity I participated in today, but it was a memorable lunch (I ordered the Navy Yard sandwich).
As President Obama said, “America’s small businesses reflect the best of who we are as a Nation—daring and innovative, courageous and hopeful, always working hard and looking ahead for that next great idea."
He is absolutely right about that. In my four and half years here at DOT, I have seen firsthand many of these innovators and the terrific things they've done to create jobs and improve America's transportation system.
At DOT, our Buy America program and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization ensure that our nation's small businesses get a fair shake when it comes to participating in DOT transportation investments.
As a result America's small businesses are producing parts for passenger train cars and cutting-edge locomotives. They're designing and manufacturing electric buses. They're rebuilding roadways and bridges from coast to coast. And we're happy to help support their entrepreneurial initiative 52 weeks a year.
Our small businesses are moving American transportation forward. And, yes, they're also making sandwiches--pretty good ones at that.