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Small Business

When I travel across the Fourth District of Oklahoma, I am always inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude of our own small businesses. Whether as an employee or owner, Americans depend greatly on small business success. Currently, there are more than 30 million small businesses in the United States, and an estimated two out of three new jobs in the economy are created by small businesses. In fact, more than half of Oklahoma’s workforce either owns or works for a small business.

According to recent state findings from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Oklahoma has approximately 350,718 small businesses employing an estimated 712,582 people. These businesses drive our economy and provide the opportunity for thousands of Oklahomans to achieve the American dream.

Small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy, and our future success depends on their continued success. In order for small businesses to be established, create jobs and remain open, the environment must encourage and allow them to thrive. I remain committed to clearing red tape to help them succeed.

As a founding partner and partial owner of a small business, I will guard the right of every American to found and manage their own business. Entrepreneurs create opportunities not only for themselves but for other Americans as well. Their vision and hard work give other Americans the jobs and opportunities they need to succeed.

More on Small Business

August 2, 2021 Weekly Columns
Since President Biden assumed office, the United States has confronted with several crises, including an economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an open southern border and an increase in dangerous crimes nationwide. After a year of battling a dangerous virus, Americans are trying to get back on their feet and return to normal. However, the crises our country is facing as well as the spike in COVID-19 cases caused by other contagious variants is certainly making such an endeavor difficult.
November 30, 2020 Weekly Columns
Over the weekend on Small Business Saturday, we were reminded of how important it is to shop small and shop local during this season.
October 23, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after he was named a Guardian of Business by the National Federation of Independent Business.
September 29, 2020 Weekly Columns

Throughout most of this year, the coronavirus pandemic has greatly disrupted our lives and dealt harsh hits to our economy out of nowhere. Sadly, some of the most ruthless economic hits have been felt by America’s small businesses. While the federal government has done a lot already to help save and sustain struggling small businesses and their workers, there is more that could be done if Speaker Nancy Pelosi would allow the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on a simple and commonsense piece of legislation related to the Paycheck Protection Program. 

September 25, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) today signed a discharge petition calling for a vote on H.R. 8265, to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the end of the year and release roughly $135 billion of unspent funds provided by Congress for the program.
April 24, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, applauded the Small Business Administration’s announcement that all tribal entities are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.
April 23, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
April 20, 2020 Weekly Columns

Due to its massive scale and severity, the COVID-19 pandemic is a natural disaster unlike any other our nation has encountered in modern history. While the unprecedented disruptions have been felt across the whole of society, small businesses have undoubtedly taken some of the hardest, fastest and most damaging economic hits. In doing their part to heed social distancing guidance and help slow the spread of this coronavirus, many businesses on Main Street have been forced to rethink their daily operations or close their doors completely, jeopardizing millions of American jobs.

April 17, 2020 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after funding was depleted this week for the Paycheck Protection Program.
April 14, 2020 Press Release
Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) announced today that he will host a constituent telephone town hall on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Thursday’s telephone meeting, Cole will provide updates on the steps taken by the federal government, with a focus on the support delivered to small businesses.