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Spilka Visits Open Mobile to Celebrate State House Small Business Week 2012

May 21, 2012

Chandra Bajpai, Rep. Sannicandro, Leila Dillon, Rep. Walsh, Bob Angelo, Sen. Spilka, and April Anderson Lamoureux

(Framingham)Today, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) joined her colleagues in promoting “On Main Street,” an event organized by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in honor of National Small Business Week, an annual celebration started by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Continuing this wonderful tradition and recognizing the important contributions of our nation’s nearly 27 million entrepreneurs and small businesses to the nation’s economy, President Barack Obama has designated May 21st through the 26th as National Small Business Week.  The Legislators kicked off the week’s festivities by visiting local businesses in their home towns to thank them for their incomparable contributions to the Commonwealth’s economy and to promote shopping small and local this spring.

Senator Spilka took part in the celebration by visiting Open Mobile World Wide, Incorporated, a Framingham-based software firm working to deliver a 100% compatible and high performing application ecosystem to every mobile platform.

“With offices in India, China, and Finland, Open Mobile could locate anywhere in the world but they choose to be in Framingham, providing invaluable contributions to MetroWest, the state’s economy, and the Commonwealth as a whole,” said Senator Karen Spilka. “Small businesses, like Open Mobile, are the backbone of our economy and in order to ensure continued economic growth and job creation, we must remain committed to supporting entrepreneurs and the growing small business community in Massachusetts.”

April Anderson Lamoureux, Assistant Secretary for Economic Development for the Executive Office of Economic Development, Representative Chris Walsh (D-Framingham) and Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) joined Senator Spilka during her visit to this cutting-edge small business. The group met with Bob Angelo, Chairman and CEO at Open Mobile and additional members of the staff, including Chandra Bajpai, General Manager of AppMall, and Leila Dillon, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. This roundtable discussion, gave officials the opportunity to hear about this company’s experience growing a small business in the Commonwealth and express the state’s commitment to helping small businesses develop and succeed.

“Massachusetts is recovering from the recession faster and stronger than the rest of the nation, and the engine that is driving that recovery is small businesses,” said Anderson Lamoureux. “There are thousands of businesses like Open Mobile that not only provide quality products and services, but also maintain and create jobs and keep our economy moving forward. We talk with businesses like this one every day of the year, but National Small Business Week seems like a great opportunity to highlight that small businesses people are fueling our state’s economic engine and we deeply appreciate their efforts.”

“On Main Street” is the first in a series of events planned for State House Small Business Week 2012, an initiative organized by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business in conjunction with National Small Business Week.  All 200 legislators were invited by Senate President Murray, Speaker DeLeo and the Committee Chairs to visit with small businesses in their district as a way of collectively demonstrating the Legislature’s commitment to the small business community in Massachusetts.  Following their visits, legislators, including Spilka, will be submitting pictures for inclusion in a multi-media presentation designed to promote the small business community across the Commonwealth.

The highlight of the week’s events will be the Small Business Resource Fair on May 23, 2012 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am in the Great Hall at the State House, which is free and open to the public.  At the event, resource providers will be on hand to share information on the many programs available across the state to assist small businesses with everything from designing a business plan to procuring state funding.   In addition, small business owners and legislators will have an opportunity to hear from Governor Deval Patrick, Treasurer Steve Grossman, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo about recent administrative and legislative efforts to improve the business climate in Massachusetts.

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