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

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. 

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and 10 original co-sponsors introduced new legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and New Hampshire workers facing unprecedented economic challenges as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

The Too Small To Fail Act takes concrete steps to support small businesses and workers who have been hit hard by this virus.

March 19, 2020 In The News
MANCHESTER, N.H. —U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday announced actions aimed at helping businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak obtain loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
March 18, 2020 Press Release

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following statements after Small Business Administrator (SBA) Jovita Carranza signed New Hampshire’s emergency declaration to allow Granite State small businesses to be eligible for the full suite of emergency resources through the SBA, as firms mitigate financial hardships due to the spread of the coronavirus.