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Begich Hosts Alaskan Small Business Owner at U.S. Capitol

U.S. Senator Mark Begich hosted Hans Vogel, CEO of Triverus, a technology and manufacturing small business in Palmer, Alaska, in a meeting at the U.S. Capitol to highlight how federal investment and partnerships in technology and manufacturing sectors will create jobs and strengthen the economy, and ways in which the federal government can work with small businesses and manufacturers to place highly skilled workers in open positions.

Vogel represented Alaska to underline the positive results the state’s small businesses have seen from partnerships with federal and local governments to spur growth through research and development in the technology and manufacturing sectors. He further stressed the need to streamline these programs and partnerships so research can translate directly to jobs faster. Triverus manufactures specialty high-tech defense equipment for companies and contractors like the U.S. Navy

“Small businesses are the job creators and the real problem solvers. Through programs, partnerships, and investment, we can help them grow and, in turn, help our economy grow. It is encouraging to see American small business success stories like Alaska’s Triverus, but we need to see more. We need to both invest in R&D through our university systems, but ensure that that this invaluable research gets to entrepreneurs who will create jobs and transform industries. I am grateful to Mr. Vogel for coming to D.C. to make that point to our lawmakers this week.”

Sen. Begich and Vogel underscored the importance of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Sen. Begich is a strong supporter of these programs which open up funding opportunities and help create public/private partnerships which help businesses like Triverus grow and become a serious player on a national and global scale.

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