CHARLESTON - Delegate Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, has been chosen to help lead the creation of a new legislative work group that will foster small business growth in West Virginia.
House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, is creating the group and intends for it to become a standing committee in the current session of the Legislature.
Miley said, "Delegate Hartman has proven time and again his willingness to work hard and ability to lead. In this instance, I asked Delegate Hartman to take this position because he brings to the table years of experience as a small business owner and a very active member of his local business community."
Hartman said, "I am honored that the speaker selected me for this important committee." He added, "Sometimes small business owners feel overshadowed by big businesses, which are, of course, very valuable to the state's economy as well. But small businesses are the backbone of this state."
Hartman will serve as one of two vice chairmen of the task force and will continue in that role once the group is
established as a permanent standing committee.
The bipartisan work group is to meet in various regions of the state this year and hold discussion forums with members of the
The goal is to hear from as many successful small businesses and entrepreneurs as possible to learn how they achieved their success and to determine what hurdles they might have faced that the Legislature can remove.
All 25 members appointed to the committee by Miley will be current or former small business owners. Hartman, now retired, owned Hartman Insurance agency for more than 20 years.
Hartman said, "I look forward to encouraging a frank dialogue about what the Legislature should or shouldn't be doing to help create a good business climate."