Valerie Jarrett: Small Businesses Are “The Backbone of Our Communities”

November 27, 2012  |  

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Valerie Jarrett has served as a trusted adviser to President Obama, and served as a surrogate of sorts on Small Business Saturday when she paid a visit to two Chicago businesses to bring attention to the day.

“I visited two small businesses in the same community in which I grew up,” Jarrett tells Black Enterprise during a Q&A.

“I think part of it that gives me hope is to see someone who is young and talented who has an idea [for a] business that’s also intended to help improve the quality of life for the people who live in the community,” she adds, referring to one of the businesses she visited, Little Black Pearl, a glass blowing business. “I think you see that across the country at small businesses. They really are the backbone of our communities.”

Jarrett goes on to talk about working with President Obama, the Affordable Care Act, and more. To read on, click through to Black Enterprise.

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