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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Rep. Schneider Introduces Tenth District Constituent at Small Business Committee Hearing

March 22, 2017
Press Release
David Borris, owner of Northbrook catering company, testifies on how federal government can work for small businesses

Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced David Borris, a constituent from Northbrook and local small business owner, at a hearing of the House Small Business Committee on ways the federal government can help support small business entrepreneurs.

Borris owns Hel’s Kitchen Catering, a Northbrook-based catering business with more than 30 full-time employees.

In his testimony submitted to the Committee, Borris focused on the importance of access to affordable quality health care for employees through the Affordable Care Act, crediting the law with stabilizing insurance premium costs for his company.

“My company is no longer vulnerable to dramatic spikes in premiums based on the health condition of a single employee, and there are now basic standards of accountability and coverage to ensure that we are getting a fair deal,” said Borris.

Photo Caption: Rep. Schneider with David Borris, owner of Northbrook-based Hel’s Kitchen Catering before a hearing of the House Small Business Committee.

Filling in as acting Ranking Member, Schneider emphasized finding bipartisan ways to support American small businesses in his opening remarks.

“I am grateful that we are here today to learn how Congress can serve the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs, so they can help grow our economy,” said Schneider. “The difficulty will be identifying tangible, bipartisan solutions we can all get behind – and hopefully implement.”

Schneider discussed small businesses’ need for certainty and questioned witnesses about the confusion sown by President Trump’s disruptive immigration policies. All panelists expressed support for comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform as a benefit for both businesses and their immigrant employees.

Photo Caption: Rep. Schneider speaks at a hearing of the House Small Business Committee.

The hearing, “Making Washington Work For America’s Small Businesses” was for small business owners to outline ways the federal government could help grow their businesses. Their recommendations will help inform the work of the Small Business Committee in the 115th Congress.

Borris is also a member of the Main Street Alliance Executive Committee, a national network of small business coalitions.