This morning, Catherine and Cheryl Reinhart, owners of Eugene's Sweet Life Patisserie and leaders with the Main Street Alliance of Oregon, hosted a coffee meeting with Congressman Peter DeFazio. The Reinharts, as well as Rob Cohen of Falling Sky Brewing and Gavin McComas of Sundance Natural Foods, spoke about the state of small business in Eugene; the conversation focused on issues of tax fairness, the ever-expanding corporatocracy, immigration reform, women's economic equality, and a variety of local issues.
Working with The Main Street Alliance, neighborhood business owners like these leaders are working hard to change the way the business sector is perceived, both in Oregon and nationally. We know that the US Chamber of Commerce and other 'small' business groups are really representing the voices of the big guys. We're happy to have a champion for small business who understands that important distinction, like Congressman Peter DeFazio, fighting for small businesses and our communities.