Candidate Lori Trahan Meets with Local Small Business Leaders

Candidate Lori Trahan, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Massachusetts District in US Congress, met with more than a dozen leaders of high technology small businesses Thursday, October 18, to better understand their role in our local economy.

These companies provide an important source of innovation and jobs, and compete and win federal programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
SBIR is an effective government program that provides seed money to move new ideas from concept through demonstration, and help successful technologies move to the marketplace, producing a positive return to the taxpayers. The Massachusetts innovation economy is successful in winning these programs at a rate many times the national average, in large part due to our dedicated workforce.
Small businesses play an important role in our local economy, partnering and supplying technology to large businesses and providing exciting well-paying jobs to workers in our community with high school, college and graduate degrees.

Over the course of her ten years in Washington, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has been a strong and effective advocate for small technology businesses in the Massachusetts 3rd District, as well as throughout the state. Candidate Trahan hopes to carry on this rich tradition of advocating for this sector.
“Thank you to the New England Innovation Alliance for convening an informative discussion on the important role of small businesses, particularly within the technology sector which has long been an anchor industry here in the Third District,” said Trahan. “I understand the vital role these companies play in not only in advancing innovation but as a driver of our local and state economy, and will advocate for continued support in Washington.”

The meeting was held at Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), headquartered in Andover for over 35 years. Pictured above are candidate Lori Trahan with (from left) William Marinelli, Mark Allen and David Green all of Physical Sciences Inc. Candidate Trahan is holding an InstantEye® aircraft, developed in part under SBIR funding that is currently in use by first responders and our military at locations around the world.