Made In America: Celebrating our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit on Independence Day

Made In America: Celebrating our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit on Independence Day


Made In America: Celebrating our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit on Independence Day

by Mike Vlacich, New England Regional Administrator, US Small Enterprise Administration

July marks two essential issues, the celebration of our nation’s birthday, Independence Day on July 4th and later within the month, July 30th marks SBA’s birthday.

Birthdays are at all times a superb time to take inventory of what has been completed however extra importantly, to stay up for what we are able to do. 

These two “birthdays” are fully linked in my thoughts.  When our nation’s founders fought for and received our independence they have been combating for our freedom and alternative to create our personal future, to be self-reliant. The flexibility to make, produce, purchase, and promote items right here in America and to help American ingenuity was an enormous a part of this.

These are values which might be simply as necessary in the present day as they have been on July 30, 1953, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Small Enterprise Act, creating the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration (SBA) and in 1776 on the founding of our nation. 

If we’re going to construct a really sturdy financial system, we want a future that’s “Made in America”. Which means bringing manufacturing, jobs, and provide chains again house to provide merchandise, elements, and supplies within the U.S. 

The SBA, below the path of the Biden Harris Administration is laser centered on doing all we are able to to recuperate from the pandemic and navigate via the worldwide financial challenges we face by making certain our nation recommits itself to a real “Made in America” agenda.

The details are clear, throughout America now we have seen report job progress, report GDP progress and extra American’s are beginning new companies than ever earlier than.  In actual fact, final 12 months, Individuals utilized to begin 5.4 million new companies – 20% greater than any 12 months on report. That is no accident.  Our dedication to creating, constructing, and rising our companies, merchandise, and providers domestically helped us overcome the brutal challenges of the final two years and has positioned our nation for steady, long-term progress for years to come back.

Because the Regional Administrator for SBA, I’m blessed to serve small companies, their leaders, and staff on a regular basis all through New England.

I’ve met with New England firms who pulled collectively to help one another and their communities with the help of the SBA. These firms are the mannequin for the way we are able to work in partnership with the personal sector to spice up our financial system.

Adirondack Guideboat in North Ferrisburgh is a superb instance of a “Made in America” enterprise right here in New England that has been helped by SBA alongside the way in which. The corporate designs and builds customized cedar and Kevlar boats. 

When it appeared like each sector of the financial system was closing in 2020 as a result of pandemic, one space started to thrive. Vermonters wished to get out of their properties and shortly gross sales for bikes, basketball hoops, swimming swimming pools and boats started to soar.

Justin and Ian Martin, brothers and homeowners of Adirondack Guideboat reached out to SBA for a Paycheck Safety Program (PPP) mortgage early within the pandemic to assist pay their staff.  Because the pandemic progressed, they realized that there was a requirement for his or her boats. 

Throughout this time, the brothers invested in a Laptop Numerical Management Router. A CNC exactly cuts quite a lot of supplies together with, wooden, metallic, and plastic into numerous shapes, which is all managed and programmed via a pc. This was an costly buy, however they knew the CNC would assist them enhance manufacturing. 

The acquisition of this gear allowed the Martins to make extra of their elements, comparable to seats, inhouse reasonably than contracting them out.  Now, demand is so excessive Adirondack Guideboat is even making boats and elements for abroad shoppers and exporting them to Europe and Asia. This “Made in America” enterprise is reaching areas far past New England. 

That is simply one of many 1000’s of small companies in New England that SBA is dedicated to supporting to make sure that our financial system is American made. 

As we head into SBA’s seventh decade, there are new alternatives for progress for small companies fueled by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act, which incorporates roughly $400 million in infrastructure upgrades for Vermont, and the enlargement of producing via the Made in America initiative. SBA is dedicated to serving to our native companies get part of this pie by opening the doorways of procurement so extra small companies can develop and thrive by doing enterprise with the federal authorities, the world’s largest buyer, thereby serving to to construct a greater America for us all.  

SBA stays dedicated to persevering with our help of America’s entrepreneurs. Whereas I do know now we have extra work forward of us to verify small companies are gaining access to the alternatives they want, I’m optimistic concerning the future for our America-made companies throughout Vermont and our nation. 

Mike Vlacich is the New England Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration who oversees company actions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Mr. Vlacich is a first-generation American and the primary in his household to attend school, graduating from the College of New Hampshire in 1995. He lives in Harmony, NH, along with his spouse and two daughters.