Hagedorn introduces bipartisan expansion of Women's Business Centers

September 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON -  Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today joined Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03 to introduce H.R. 4405, Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation strengthens existing programs designed to provide training, counseling and technical assistance for women entrepreneurs.

“Millions of women own small businesses in the United States,” said Rep. Jim Hagedorn. “Entrepreneurship and the Women’s Business Center (WBC) program are essential for empowering women to become business owners. By increasing these services, we increase the ability to inspire and foster new generations of business leaders.”

“Women are the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurs, but many unique challenges still exist for women, particularly women of color, to start and grow a business, said Rep. Sharice Davids. By strengthening Women’s Business Centers, we can increase access to vital counseling and technical training services for female entrepreneurs so they can succeed.”

This expanded training and assistance received the praise of women’s small business groups. “The Women’s Business Center’s Improvement Act supports America’s women entrepreneurs by modernizing and strengthening the Women’s Business Center program,” said Association of Women’s Business Centers CEO Corinne Hodges. “This legislation includes key improvements to the program, which will help us serve more of America’s 12.3 million female small business owners,”

“I am pleased to be able to join Rep. Davids in providing expanded training and assistance to millions of American women as they pursue the American dream,” said Rep. Hagedorn.

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.