From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Rep. Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) has been appointed to chair the Alabama Small Business Commission. Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth made the announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
The Commission is a statutory panel tasked with recommending policies and legislation for small businesses in Alabama.
“As a small business owner, I understand the importance of giving entrepreneurs a louder voice in government and better lines of communication with the state agencies that are supposed to serve them,” Ainsworth said. “As a career financial officer, Rep. Garrett devoted much of his professional life toward working with businesses of all sizes – from small vendors and suppliers to major employers – and I am confident his experience will serve this commission well.”
Garrett was first elected to the Legislature in 2014. He also served as chair of the Alabama Small Business Commission Emergency Task Force that was created in response to COVID-19.
“Small business owners face a unique set of obstacles just to stay in business, and our commission is dedicated to removing those challenges so they can grow, thrive, expand, and provide more jobs and opportunities for Alabamians,” Garrett said. “I appreciate Lt. Gov. Ainsworth’s confidence and will work hard to fulfill the mandate he has laid before us.”
The Legislature codified the Alabama Small Business Commission by statute during the 2019 regular session and placed it under the authority of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. The 22-member commission is tasked with formulating “policies encouraging innovation of small businesses in the state” and advising the Department of Commerce in promoting small businesses within Alabama.