Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) appointed Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) to the Alabama Small Business Commission effective immediately.
“I can think of no better person to serve in this capacity than Paul Sanford,” said Senator Marsh. “Paul is a successful entrepreneur who grew up in his family’s barbecue business.”
Senator Sanford and his wife, Danielle, own and operate Little Paul’s Barbecue in Huntsville. Recently, he launched the Camouflage Seasoning line of blends for wild game.
“I am honored and eager to work with the Alabama Small Business Commission,” said Sanford. “As a small business owner, I understand the challenges facing families and entrepreneurs. As a Senator, I understand how important small business is to our local and state economies.”
“Our number one priority right now is to create a business friendly atmosphere to help attract companies that will create jobs across Alabama. It is great when big industry comes in, but jobs created by small businesses far outnumber larger companies almost 3 to 1.”
The Alabama Small Business Commission, created by Executive Order 47, will serve as an advisory body in formulating policies, encouraging innovation, and discussing issues critical to the economic growth of small businesses.
The Commission will promote policies to assist new business start-ups and the expansion of existing businesses.
The Commission will be comprised of Alabama based small and independent business owners who will serve a two-year term with the option of a two-year reappointment. For the purposes of this Commission, the definition of a small business will be 50 or fewer employees.
Governor Robert Bentley (R-Tuscaloosa) also created the Alabama Small Business Advisory Committee to provide technical and informational resources to the Commission.
Senator Sanford was first elected to the Alabama Senate in 2009. Senator Sanford Chairs the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee as well as the Local Legislation No. 4 Committee in the Alabama Senate.
Senator Sanford sits on the Small Business, Rules, Governmental Affairs, Finance and Taxation General Fund, and Agriculture Committees.
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