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Lawmaker Holds Small Business Roundtable

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest is in the mountains this week meeting with small businesses at a Marion roundtable and a Hendersonville town hall event.

In Marion, he stopped by Little Siena Restaurant, which has been a fixture in McDowell County for 33 years.

"The worst part of the job is just not having the money come in that you need to make the bills," said restaurant owner Amy Proctor.

Roughly two dozen local leaders and small business owners attended the lunchtime roundtable, with the Lt. Governor Dan Forest fielding questions on subjects including the changes in healthcare requirements as well as education.

Proctor said that she worries every day whether she'll be able to make all the payments she needs to to keep the restaurant running.

The event was hosted by the National Federation of Independent Business. Proctor hosted Monday's roundtable after she was approached by an NFIB public affairs representative whose parents have eaten at the Italian spot for years. Proctor says word of mouth is her advertising - she can't afford a marketing budget.

By: Ashlea Surles   
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