May 05 2016
In light of National Small Business Week this week, I am introducing the first edition of the Renacci Quarterly. This newsletter will focus on the hard working Americans and successful small businesses in the 16th district of Ohio. It will present you with the latest updates on news, information, and knowledge taking place right here in our business community.
I hope you find it as a nice addition to your inbox, and I encourage you to contact me directly at ConnectwithJim@mail.house.gov if you have ideas for future newsletters, any comments, questions, or concerns.
Congressman Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Want to connect your small business to the global market? Have you heard about the U.S. Export Assistance Center? The center is a joint service whose mission is to promote the export of goods and services from the United States particularly by SMALL and MEDIUM sized businesses.
Their offices seek to provide solutions to international trade challenges while helping U.S. businesses realize their export potential through a range of services that:
- Provide expert counseling, advice, and advocacy;
- Produce research on overseas markets and industries;
- Promote companies' products and services in overseas markets;
- Find international partners (agents, distributors, JV, licensing, etc.)
It is a privilege to acknowledge the successful organizations in our district. I started the Business Spotlight Program, through which you can nominate a small business or non-profit in our district to be recognized in the House of Representatives for its contributions to the local community. Each selected organization will be entered into the Congressional Record for posterity and given special recognition.
Nominations can be emailed to ConnectwithJim@mail.house.gov. Please provide:
- Business name
- City of Operation
- Explain why you are nominating them
This quarter, I would like to recognize Sandridge Food Corporation, a family-owned refrigerated foods manufacturer located in Medina, Ohio. For more than 50 years, Sandridge Food Co. has produced fresh deli salads, soups, entrees, desserts, sauces, and dips for the food service and retail sectors. A leader in the refrigerated foods industry in North America, Sandridge has built its rich heritage with an unparalleled commitment to food safety, culinary excellence, and innovation. Recently, Sandridge was honored to receive the 2016 Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing Award. To congratulate them on their success, I presented them with a Congressional Record (pictured below).
Pictured: Bill Holmes, COO, Dane Sandridge, VP Sales/Marketing, Mike Sandridge, VP Food Service Sales and Rick Sisko, CFO
I’ve been collecting some articles that may interest you… I hope you find them valuable and informative.
You may have heard me discuss the need to return to “regular order” in the past several months. Regular order can be defined as those rules, precedents, and customs of Congress that constitute an orderly and deliberative policymaking process. The process includes an objective assessment of the problem through inclusive information-gathering, a balanced weighing of alternative solutions, and coming to final judgment on a solution through robust debate among all parties. In its simplest form, it means that both the House and the Senate abide by their standing rules. A key component of regular order is getting the House and Senate to pass the 12 appropriations bills that fund our government without depending on continuing resolutions which only provide short-term funding.
Did you know that the most flags ever flown over the US Capitol in one day were 10,471 flags on July 4, 1976 to celebrate America’s Bicentennial? Thanks to the Capitol Flag Program, members of the public can purchase flags that have flown over the Capitol. Currently, the Architect of the Capitol fulfills more than 100,000 flag requests
from Members of Congress annually, with the number of requests and the popularity of the Capitol Flag Program growing steadily each year. If you are interested in ordering a flag for your business or for a special occasion, you can order your own Capitol flag through my website by clicking here.
This quarter, I have traveled to several businesses within my district. A few of them that I had the honor of visiting were AkroChem in Norton, Rick Hinderer Knives in Shreve, Ventrac by Venture Products in Orrville, and the Fannie May/Harry London factory in North Canton.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at renacci.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-3876, Wadsworth office: (330) 334-0040, or Parma office: (440) 882-6779. I also encourage you to subscribe to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages to get updates on my work in Washington and the 16th District.