On the House Floor, Curbelo Cites South Florida Small Businesses As Motivation Behind Policies Being Worked on in Congress

Curbelo Highlighted West Kendall’s Night Owl Cookie Company and Redlands’ Knaus Berry Farms

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Washington, D.C., March 3, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
Earlier this week, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) explained his motivation behind many of the policies he and others are working on in Congress – the small businesses in his district and across the country that provide hope, jobs and opportunity for so many Americans.

A transcript of Curbelo’s remarks is below. A video of the full remarks is available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
U.S. House Floor
Washington, D.C.
March 1, 2017

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Mr. Speaker, I have never had much of a sweet tooth, but it's recently been brought to my attention that my district is home to some thriving small businesses that are putting South Florida on the map for desserts.

“Not far from my district office, Night Owl Cookie Company, recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 is delivering fresh baked cookies to constituents across West Kendall. Since starting the business in 2015, when he would make and deliver cookies from his parents' kitchen, Andrew Gonzalez's success has flourished to three brick and mortar locations across Florida.

“Further south is Knaus Berry Farms in the Redlands, where families from all across South Florida will travel to pick up fresh produce, and of course wait in line for fresh homemade cinnamon rolls. Founded as a family farm in 1956, Knaus Berry has since become a Miami staple with generation after generation making the trip to South Dade to pick up fresh produce and baked goods. The farm’s success has spread leading to partnerships with other South Florida small business that is use their cinnamon rolls to create Knaus Berry farm-inspired donuts and ice cream.

“It’s important that we celebrate these small businesses, Mr. Speaker, because they provide hope, opportunity, and jobs to so many Americans in my district and across the country. Its critical for us to continue advancing policies in this Congress that will continue allowing these small businesses the opportunity to provide hope and jobs for so many Americans.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”
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