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NW Ohio business leaders attend forum in DC

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(12/09/13) - They represent manufacturing, retail, and infrastructure -- and they're all from Northwest Ohio.

Scott Buehrer, Roger Shope, and Kelly Wicks, participated in a forum with 50 other business leaders and Obama Administration officials in the shadow of the White House Monday.

"It was a potpourri of what small businesses face today," said Buehrer, who is vice-president of sales at Bionix – a medical device manufacturer in Toledo.   

Buehrer says the business leaders discussed issues like taxes, immigration, infrastructure, unemployment, and more.

"We're in the medical device field, and we're very interested about how the Affordable Care Act is rolled out and how it's going to affect health care providers," he said.

Buehrer attended similar forums here before.  But for Wicks, who owns Grounds for Thought coffee shop and book store in Bowling Green, it was a new and beneficial experience.  

"To have an opportunity to come and listen first-hand to what the Administration is trying to do in a positive way to help small business, but also to be able to have an opportunity to express issues that are going well for us, and things we think they can continue to work on," said Wicks.

And then there's the man who's bringing all the pieces together – literally.  Shope is state campaign director at the Ohio Higher Education Rail Network, which is working to connect Ohio college students through existing railway infrastructure.  He says that will have a greater economic impact.

"By providing a rail and passenger link, you're inviting people from other communities to come and spend their dollars on Main Street," explained Shope.

The three men say being in Washington isn't just a great opportunity for their own businesses, but for Northwest Ohio as a whole.

"Having a seat at the table is a real opportunity for sure.  I'm humbled by the opportunity, I'm thankful I had this opportunity.  And representing my community of Bowling Green and Northwest Ohio at the White House is really special to me.  I take it very seriously," said Shope.

 

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