3 small business owners, former N.C. treasurer sell Clintons economic plan

Madeline Gray—North State Journal
Sarah Glova

RALEIGH — Three small business owners and former North Carolina Treasurer Richard Moore spoke to a group of supporters Tuesday to endorse Hillary Clinton’s plan for the economy at Trophy Brewing & Taproom in Raleigh.Trophy Brewing’s Chris Powers, who hosted the event, Barn And Ivy owner Catherine Woyee-Jones and Reify Media owner and president Sarah Glova spoke in support of Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Glova referred to Clinton as a small business president, emphasizing what her administration would do for women wanting to run their own companies. “As a business owner and an entrepreneur, I am proud to support Hillary Clinton and the plan that she has for small business,” Glova said. “But more than that, as a woman business owner I am proud to support a leader that represents something we’ve never had before. As a child, I didn’t know many women business owners, and I definitely didn’t know any women that owned tech businesses.”Powers said small businesses were necessary to help the economy grow, using Raleigh as an example for a positive small business atmosphere. “It’s an exciting time to be a small business owner in Raleigh as it is one of the fastest growing and most innovative regions in the country,” Powers said. “This city offers a unique environment for businesses like ours to grow and succeed. …We also recognize the vital role businesses, like ours, serve. They form the economic backbone of communities across America, creating jobs, spurring innovation and helping our neighborhoods grow and flourish. That’s why we need leaders like Hillary Clinton, a candidate that has the experience and vision to stand up for our nation’s small businesses.”Moore agreed that Clinton’s economic plan would help entrepreneurs. “Hillary Clinton’s new small business plan will do just that — providing small businesses in North Carolina and across our country with tax relief and simplification, cutting red tape, expanding access to capital, and opening up new markets so North Carolina companies can sell their products around the country and the world,” Moore said. He added if Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, were to win he would be the “reverse Robin Hood,” saying he would take from the poor and give to the rich. Moore also called Trump unfit for the presidency, saying he avoided the draft, has been sued multiple times, and has refused to provide his tax return. Woyee-Jones reiterated this concern while speaking to press. “Donald Trump, on the other hand, has a proven record of putting himself first ahead of families and defrauded workers,” she said. “He has made a career out of stiffing small businesses — not because he couldn’t pay them, but because he wouldn’t pay them. We can’t afford to let him anywhere near the White House.”Trump’s campaign was also in the North Carolina capital Tuesday, with daughter-in-law Lara Trump speaking at Briggs Hardware in downtown Raleigh.