As a small business owner, I know it takes well-trained workers to keep our state’s small business economy growing. That’s why as an Executive Councilor, I worked across party lines to secure funding for New Hampshire’s job training and technical education programs.  In Washington, I am continuing my commitment to increasing access to job training and career and technical education.

We also need to increase capital for small businesses and address onerous regulations that hamper the ability of our small businesses to thrive. We need to cut the red tape and make interactions between small businesses and federal agencies easier, support continued economic growth with creative solutions, and fight the online sales tax that is burdening New Hampshire’s small businesses.

Investing in job training and apprenticeship programs is essential to building a talent pipeline, which trains and matches workers with our amazing local companies looking to hire them. We must also work to make college more affordable, so those who want to pursue post-secondary education have the ability to do so, regardless of their zip code.

Together, we can ensure New Hampshire remains a great place for everyone to live and work. 

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More on Economy

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Today Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on President Joe Biden outlining his American Jobs Plan. 

March 16, 2021 Press Release

Today the House passed H.R. 1779, the bipartisan PPP Extension Act of 2021, which Congressman Chris Pappas co-sponsored.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has helped 34,000 Granite State businesses stay afloat, is set to expire at the end of the month despite the ongoing financial strain faced by so many small businesses. This legislation extends the deadline for application to this critical relief program until May 31, 2021 

February 5, 2021 Press Release

This morning, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) held a virtual roundtable with New Hampshire small business owners who have participated in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP helped retain more than 120,000 jobs in New Hampshire’s First District by last August, and Pappas has sought continued feedback from Granite Staters to ensure the program is strengthened in the next round of COVID relief legislation. 

December 10, 2020 Press Release

This week Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) continued to fight for New Hampshire’s small businesses by co-sponsoring legislation and calling on House leadership to restore the tax deductibility of forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

September 24, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) joined the Tax Foundation for a round table discussing the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act and his advocacy for Granite Staters who are working from home during COVID-19 for companies based in other states.

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that 123,130 First District jobs have been retained thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping 14,544 employers pay their workers and keep their lights on during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress authorized the creation of the PPP and other small business lending programs as part of the CARES Act, which Congressman Pappas supported and worked to pass.


April 16, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) called on House leadership from both parties to come together and immediately pass stopgap legislation to get additional help to Main Street small businesses and workers in New Hampshire:

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Pappas and bipartisan coalition of lawmakers won significant expansion of help for small business in final bill, including cash-advances, low-cost loans and tax credits  

In the difficult weeks ahead, Pappas says Congress needs to stay focused on supporting frontline health care workers and sustaining NH’s Main Street economy     

March 26, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the Senate passage of the latest coronavirus response and relief package that includes substantial aid to hospitals and health systems, a significant increase in Unemployment Insurance benefits for workers, and direct payments to American families to help them weather the current economic downturn.

March 24, 2020 Press Release

Today, as bicameral negotiations continue on a third Coronavirus package, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) have continued to fight for small businesses and American workers by leading a bipartisan letter with 17 of their House colleagues to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy urging them to include language reestablishing the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in this legislation.