Michalik, Nicastro tour businesses in district

Calling Main Street businesses critical to the success of Bristol’s economy, State Senate Candidate Rob Michalik touted his plans to invest in the local economy while on a tour of small businesses with state Representative Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol), according to a press release.

The tour served as an opportunity for Michalik and Nicastro to speak with small business owners and listen to their concerns, said the release.

“Businesses on Main Street have long been the backbone of our local economy,” said Michalik in the press release. “By helping businesses gain access to capital and credit we can jumpstart hiring and economic growth. I’m proud to have worked on programs like Connecticut’s Small Business Express, which has already invested $1.5 million in Bristol businesses, creating or retaining nearly 400 jobs.”

“Rob and I agree there is no doubt that small businesses are the engines of economic growth in every community, especially here in Bristol,” said Nicastro, reported the press release from Michalik’s campaign. “The more in tune we are with the needs of local businesses, the more successful we’ll be growing jobs and the economy.”

“It is really refreshing that Rob and Frank took the time to visit small businesses,” said Monica Lynn, owner of Monica Lynn Salon on North Main Street, the press release reported. “Nobody should guess at what small business owners want and need. Communication is the key, and I was glad to talk with them today.”

The release reported that Michalik said the tour was part of his overall economic message.

“In order to grow jobs, Connecticut needs to get its fiscal house in order by controlling taxes and spending and appropriately addressing our long-term unfunded liabilities,” said Michalik, according to the press release. “We also need to make sound, prudent investments in the areas of transportation, high quality education, and innovation.”