Dr. Ken Rivenbark Hosts Small Business Forum


Huntsville, AL— Monday evening, Dr. Ken Rivenbark, owner of Rivenbark & Roper Antiques in Huntsville, hosted Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong at a forum with over fifty local small business owners who shared their concerns about federal policy issues that impact their businesses. Chairman Dale Strong introduced Congressman Brooks and declared August 26, 2019 “Small Business Day” in Madison County.

Congressman Brooks said, “Small business is the lifeblood of America’s economy. In Alabama, small businesses employ 789,000 people— 47.2% of Alabama’s workforce.[1] Further, every large business that employs so many Americans was once a small business. I enjoyed interacting with Madison County’s small business owners and hearing their concerns about federal policies that impact them the most. My hat is off to local entrepreneurs who undertake significant financial risks that grow America’s economy, employ American workers, and supply services and products American consumers desire.”

Brooks continued, “Alarmingly, America’s free-enterprise system that has created American wealth is under attack from Socialism, an evil and dictatorial economic system that has failed everywhere it has been tried. For the sake of our future, Americans who love freedom and liberty must beat back the rising tide of Socialism.”

Dr. Rivenbark said, “As an Alabama representative on the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council, it is such an honor to host an event to celebrate the endeavors of small business owners in the Huntsville/Madison County area. It is my hope that having these business organizations come together to support, recognize, and advocate for our small business owners will give the owners a better awareness of just how much their hard work and talents are appreciated.”

Rivenbark continued, “Many people do not realize the many critical issues facing small business, including securing operating capitol, tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act impacts their small businesses. This, in addition and most often, investing their own personal finances into starting and maintaining the business. ‘Shop Small’ or ’Support local Businesses’ are not just cute catch phrases, it is the life-line of small businesses.”

Rivenbark concluded, “Our 5th District Congressman Mo Brooks understands the sacrifices of small business owners and wanted to be a part of the Huntsville/Madison County Small Business Day to personally meet, offer support, and congratulate the achievements of our business owners.”