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Congressman John Conyers

Representing the 13th District of Michigan


August 2, 2017
Press Release

On Tuesday, August 1, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich), met with local business owners for the nationally recognized Startup Day Across America. Representatives of Congress were encouraged to visit local businesses on this day to raise awareness of startup activity and job creation in their respective districts, to show and generate support for local businesses and entrepreneurs in the community.

Congressman Conyers along with the National Business League, Inc. formerly known as the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, met with founder Carlton Guthrie of Detroit Chassis; Executive Vice Presidents Karl Grant and Terri Moon, Vice President of Finance Stevie A. Green of ARD Logistics and John A. James, Chairman/CEO of James Group International. During these visits, the Congressman was given a brief rundown of the day-to-day operations of each business, followed by tours of the facilities and warehouses to learn how they are using technology to solve problems and create innovative products and services.  Following the visits, Congressman John Conyers offered this statement:

“I had the pleasure of visiting a few of the more successful businesses in the district and hearing the different stories that accompany each entrepreneurs individual experience and journey. It is important that the community gets involved and support small and startup businesses, specifically those owned and operated by minorities.”

The purpose of Startup Day Across America is for members of the House and Senate to recognize startup companies, particularly firms five years or younger, who have established high-growth startups in various fields such as healthcare, retail, entertainment, factories and warehouses and education.