The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 16, 2014

Delegates’ ‘listening tour’ coming Tuesday

BECKLEY — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates want to hear from you. They want to hear about your ideas to help business in the state, according to a press release from the Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

An open listening tour will take place at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

This is the third of these tours and the release says the first two were well-attended. Ideas given by the public helped to create legislation.

Speaker of the House Tim Miley created these listening tours in late 2013 to hear from state small business owners.

“We will work collaboratively with people at the local level to hear from as many successful small businesses and entrepreneurs as possible to determine what hurdles they might have faced that we, as a legislative body, can remove to allow small businesses to flourish,” Miley, D-Harrison, said in the press release.

If you want to share ideas on what is working for you as a business owner or if you want some ideas on how to help your business, you can attend the listening tour.

This is also a chance for you to share any ideas you might have about fixing problems small business owners have to deal with in the state.

The listening tour is open to the public and you don’t have to be a business owner to attend.

One delegate says the listening tours really help everyone.

“The listening tour to date has truly raised our awareness of what is working well for small business in West Virginia, ... and brings to the surface concrete ideas to help improve the climate for small business in our state,” Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, said in the release. “I look forward to hearing first hand from businesses and entrepreneurs in the Beckley area.”

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