U.S. Rep. Al Lawson filed his first bill Friday, and it aims to help economic conditions in Florida’s 5th Congressional District.
The Entrepreneurial Education Act would authorize what is being called an “Entrepreneurial Education Initiative” through the Small Business Administration.
The initiative’s goal: to train and guide those running businesses in what Lawson’s press release calls “economically-disadvantaged communities.”
“This bill will help generate new jobs, attract investment, and provide necessary training to our emerging leaders in Florida’s fifth district and around the country so that we can grow our economy where we need it most,” said Lawson, a North Florida Democrat whose district runs east from Tallahassee toward Jacksonville.
“This program has already helped more than 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses and I know we can make that number even bigger by helping more people across the country,” Lawson added.
New York Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, the ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, offered a statement of support for Lawson’s bill, which will be heard in her committee.