The New England Council, NYSE Euronext, and Travelers Institute
Convene Small Business and Economic Leaders to Provide Insights to
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 16, 2013--
Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers
Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV), the New
England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business organization,
and NYSE Euronext, a leading global operator of financial markets and a
provider of innovative trading technologies, today co-hosted Small
Business – Big Opportunity in Boston. This symposium is part of a
multi-year project, Small Business – Big Opportunity, which has included events
in major markets across the country, such as Los Angeles, Dallas,
Atlanta and New York, all aimed at promoting the importance of small
businesses to economic growth, job creation and the American opportunity.
“As one of the nation’s largest insurers of small businesses, we are
keenly aware of the challenges facing entrepreneurs, and we are
committed to fostering productive discussion to help them identify
solutions,” said Joan Woodward, President of Travelers Institute and
Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers. “From access to
capital to complex regulations, Travelers is convening thought leaders
to help small business owners navigate challenges they face.”
Jim Brett, President of the New England Council, delivered opening
remarks, and Dr. Mary Burke, a Senior Economist at the Federal
Reserve Bank of Boston, gave the keynote address discussing the
regional economic outlook for small businesses.
“The goal of the New England Council is to promote economic growth and a
high quality of life throughout our region,” said Brett. “Travelers
Institute’s Small Business – Big Opportunity series aligns well with
that objective and we are pleased to join them in reinforcing the
importance of small business to not only Massachusetts, but also our
region and country.”
Woodward moderated the discussion and the full panel consisted of
prominent economic and small business innovators and leaders, including:
April Anderson Lamoureux, President, Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC
and former Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, State of
Joseph Bator, Senior Vice President, Business Banking, Eastern Bank
Lynn Bromley, Regional Advocate, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small
Mike Chapman, Chief Sales Officer, HUB International
“Massachusetts has worked hard to become an increasingly attractive
state for small business establishment and growth,” said Lamoureux.
“Travelers’ encouragement of small businesses in Massachusetts and
across the country is vital to improving the business environment.”
“Small Business – Big Opportunity events provide an excellent forum for
small business owners and advocates to exchanges ideas and practices. To
meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s economy, it is critical
that the voice of small business is part of every policy discussion and
decision,” said Lynn Bromley, a Regional Advocate for the U.S. Small
Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.
Mike Chapman, Chief Sales Officer of HUB International remarked, “Our
experience with small businesses demonstrates the importance of owners
maintaining and regularly reevaluating business continuity and risk
management. We would like to thank Travelers and the event co-hosts for
providing a forum to share these observations broadly.”
“At Eastern Bank, we recognize that small businesses are underserved by
the banking community and we work hard to meet the needs of this vital
economic job creator, recently being recognized by the SBA as their
national lender of the year,” said Joe Bator. “The Small Business -- Big
Opportunity events perfectly align with that mission and we were
thrilled to participate.”
To learn more about the series and Travelers’ commitment to small
business advocacy, please visit the Travelers Institute’s website.
About the Travelers Institute
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discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the
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