Albert Lea Small Businessman Testifies at Small Business Committee Hearing

May 8, 2019
Press Release
Robert Hoffman of Robert Hoffman Realty Invited by Small Business Committee Member Hagedorn

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House Committee on Small Business heard testimony from small businessman, Robert Hoffman, of Albert Lea, Minn. Hoffman took part in the hearing titled, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.”

Invited by Small Business Committee member, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Hoffman spoke of the opportunities and challenges he sees while working with small businesses in his business, Robert Hoffman Realty. As part of his testimony Hoffman said:

“Robert Hoffman Realty is just a small business in a small town like many others, but I think I can help tell the story of many small businesses by just turning the spot light on my home town of Albert Lea in southern Minnesota for a moment. Our small town of Albert Lea has less than 20,000 people in it but has many of the same small business stories as anywhere in the U.S.

“I cannot overemphasize how every little bit helps. Renovations downtown led to many successful new businesses, including my own, and our Water Shed taking a shot at cleaning up a lake is bringing all eyes on Albert Lea’s lakes this weekend, as we host our State Governor’s Fishing Opener and have many new people visiting our community and the new tax cuts have greatly helped our small business. Our small business has benefited greatly from the tax cuts and our employees benefited from our company’s breaks.

“There have been burdens; and every little bit hurts too. The Affordable Care Act caused insurance prices to skyrocket in our area and, being small business owners, we were no longer able to afford health insurance. Fortunately, we’ve been able to find alternative coverage through a Health Share program, but we are one on-site accident away from losing a lot of what we’ve built. “

Read Hoffman’s full testimony here.

“We’re so grateful that Robert could share a small business perspective from southern Minnesota with my colleagues in Washington,” said Hagedorn. “Members of Congress must know how the policies we pass affect the unsung heroes who run the shops on our Main Streets. I will continue fighting for pro-growth policies that help our small businesses hire, expand and thrive.”

Watch Hoffman’s testimony here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.