Butterfield Joins NC Congressional Delegation to Host ‘Taking Care of Business' Summit, Today and Tuesday

Sep 9, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help North Carolina businesses get a leg up in a difficulty economy, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) has joined his fellow members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation to host the annual “Taking Care of Business” North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit on September 9 and 10.   The two-day summit will connect North Carolina businesses with congressional leaders, administration officials, and others to discuss current issues affecting the economy and the business community in North Carolina.

“We have repeatedly heard from our constituents that creating jobs and strengthening the economy should be Congress’ first priority,” said Butterfield. “This important summit is just one way to provide resources to North Carolina businesses in order to help them create jobs, prosper and grow.”   

During the two-day summit, local businesses will have the opportunity to attend workshops on government contracting, workforce development, raising capital, and building leadership skills.  Attendees will also hear from a number of speakers which include U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, U.S. Representative James Clyburn, Our State Magazine Editor Elizabeth Hudson, and several others.

A full schedule of the two-day event follows.


Monday, September 9

Cannon House Office Building

Canon Caucus Room


12:30pm - 1:00pm:

Registration and Materials Pickup


1:05pm – 1:25pm:

Remarks by Alexander Julian

NC-Based Clothing Designer


1:25pm – 1:45pm:

Presentation By Joe Freddoso

President and CEO of MCNC



Presentation By Aaron Syrett

Director of the NC Film Office



Presentation By Elizabeth Hudson

Editor of Our State Magazine


Specialized Workshops


Key Strategies For Accessing Government Contracts

Location: Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting Room (334 Cannon)

Leann Delaney, Assistant Director of the Office of Contract Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration


Workforce Development And The Skills Gap

Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education


Green Light To Growth: Driving Job Creation Through Increased Access To Capital

Patrick Kelley, Deputy Associate Administrator

U.S. Small Business Administration



Official Briefing By Hosting U.S. Representatives

Moderated by Jim Mccleskey

Featuring U.S. Representatives Mcintyre, Butterfield, Ellmers, Hudson, Price, Holding, Pittenger, Coble, and Meadows



The North Carolina Executive Leadership Panel

Moderated by Joe Stewart

John W. Palmour, Ph.D. Executive Vice President of Cree, Inc.

David Simmons Chairman and CEO of PPD

Jennifer L. Weber, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Duke Energy



Secretary Sharon Decker

North Carolina Department of Commerce



Tuesday, September 10

Capitol Visitors Center

Congressional Auditorium


8:40am – 9:00am:

General James Amos

Commandant of the United States Marine Corps


9:00am – 9:20am:

Secretary Anthony Foxx

U.S. Department of Transportation


9:20am – 9:40am:

Senator Richard Burr

State of North Carolina


9:40am – 10:00am:

Roy Williams

UNC Men’s Basketball Coach


10:00am – 10:20am:

Representative Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District


10:20am – 10:40am:

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Florida’s 23rd Congressional District

Chair, Democratic National Committee


10:40am – 11:00am:

Secretary Jacob J. Lew

U.S. Department of Treasury


11:00am – 11:20am:

Representative Jim Clyburn

South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District


11:20am – 11:40am:

Chuck Todd

Chief White House Correspondent For NBC News

Special Greetings from Representative Steny Hoyer


11:40am – 12:00pm:

Senator Kay Hagan

State of North Carolina