The owner of a second generation Ohio trucking company got to meet with President Trump and his daughter Ivanka yesterday during a White House event for small businesses.
One Hundred Truck Company Represented At White House Session
Yesterday Sherri Garner Brumbaugh represented her company, Findlay, Ohio-based Garner Trucking, during the event.
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Trump left the event after the opening remarks, but Ivanka and Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon remained for a question and answer session.
Brumbaugh was afforded the opportunity to ask Ivanka a question about the challenges she faces as a small business operator. Brumbaugh’s question focused on the difficulty she has with hiring “skilled” workers — namely truck drivers and technicians. She mentioned that it was “surprisingly difficult” to fill those “good-paying jobs.”
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Ivanka responded by acknowledging that many small businesses struggle to compete for qualified workers and said that her father’s administration is focused on increasing technical education and implementing an apprenticeship program to put more qualified workers into the job pool. She also touched on the idea of allowing private companies to partner with community colleges to develop curriculum.
Regulatory Burden Addressed During Small Business Event
Tana Green of the trucking job app Blue Bloodhound was also invited to the event. Her question focused on the burdens of regulations. McMahon acknowledged that the current regulator climate makes it tough for small businesses to prosper but did not touch on any specific changes coming to trucking regulations.
Garner Trucking has grown from a single truck when it was founded in 1960 to a nearly 100 truck fleet.
You can take a look at Brumbaugh’s portion of the question and answer session below at the 16:40 mark. Green’s question comes immediately after Brumbaugh’s.