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Page 2A -- Thursday, May 6, 2004 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfmder f GIL-CO GRAND OPENING --- On Sat., Apr. 24, part of a large crowd is shown attending the gala Grand Opening Ceremonies at the new location and building of GiI-Co Faith Pharmacy at Hays City. The festive occasion was sponsored in appreciation of the support people have given the new pharmacy, according to )artners, Doug Moss, Scott Wanstreet and Lori Plummer. (Photos courtesy of G/I-Co) MUSICAL PROGRAM -- As the entertainment part of GiI-Co Faith's Grand Opening, a number of local singing and musical groups performed on a bandstand at the new pharmacy. Here, Rick and Kathy Butler, two local educators, sing for the crowd. Other groups were Hilary and Valery Sprouse (two sisters), The Captains Crew, North Fork and Southern, and the Jordan River Band. Hector V. Barreto, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Adminis- tration, announced recently that the federal government, for the first time ever, awarded more than a quarter of its prime contracting dollars to small businesses in fiscal year 2003. The FY 2003 data indicate that small busi- nesses did $62.7 billion of business with the federal government as prime contractors, representing 25.37 per- cent of all government prime con- tracting dollars. That is an increase of $9.7 billion over FY 2002. "This is a tremendous victory for America's small business owners and for our economy," Barreto said. "These record-breaking numbers did not happen by accident. President Bush the SBA have worked hard to help sma!l entrepreneurs do busi- ness with the federal government. The President is working to create an en- vironment in which small businesses can succeed, and these tremendous results show that his policies are work- ing. The statutory goal for small business contracting is 23 percent. We not only exceeded those stan- but.we set an all-time record, awarding a higher percentage of ted- era[ contracting dollars to America's small businesses than ever before." "Business Matchmaking, the 8(a) Business Development program, and the HUBZone program are making a difference for small businesses," Barreto added. "I believe that our continued commitment to those pro- grams combined with our strong ef- forts in othor areas, such as contract unbundling, will make 2004 anolher banner year." .The $62.7 billion in prime con- tracts awarded to small businesses in 2003 will create or retain approxi- mately 469,632 jobs. "Today's report from the Federal Procurement Data Center conf' 'ms that we are making progress on a number of important fronts given the importance of federal contract oppor- tunities to jobs and growth for small business. "However, obstacles still remain to hinder small firms from realizing greater business opportunities in b6th prime contracting and subcontracting areas," said Olympia Snowe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Small B usi- ness and Entrepreneurship. "rhe SBA's efforts to enhance small busi- ness participation in federal contract- ing appear to be opening doors for small contractors, and I want to help the agency build on this progress." House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo said, "Nearly two years ago, President Bush set several policies in motion to increase federal contracting opportunities for small businesses. The results have been tremendous. The federal gov- ernment, which purchased a record $62.7 billion in products from small businesses last year, is not only meet- ing but exceeding its overall small business contracting goal. That's great news for taxpayers since small busi- nesses can often provide goods and services more quickly and less expen- sively than their larger competitors. And it's great news for our economy, since more business for small busi- nesses means more jobs for Ameri- cans." Every category of small business tracked by SBA showed impressive gains in federal contracts in FY 2003. Small disadvantaged businesses were awarded $2.3 billion more in federal contracts in FY 2003, receiving $18.2 billion in contracts. Likewise, par- ticipants in the 8(a) Business Devel- opment program received $3.97 bil- lion more than in FY 2002, for a total of $9.6 billion in FY 2003. The dollars to women-owned small businesses increased by $1.1 billion, from $6.8 billion to $7.9 billion in FY 2003. The HUBZone program, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary, was awarded $2.447 billion in con- tracts. Two agencies in particular showed strong results from their efforts to reach out to small businesses in 2003. The Department of Defense awarded 24.8 percent of its prime contracts to small businesses, and the Department of Homeland Security awarded an impressive 40.68 percent of its prime contracts to small businesses in its first year. For more information about all of the SBA's programs for small busi- nesses, visit the SBA's extensive Web site at Attention Readers: vea Editors & Staff of The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder Bill Adle 11 State leaders who got the chance to compare the differences between the [I two candidates for the 12th Senatorial District in intelligence, ability, ideas, I1 understanding of the issues and solutions to our problems. ]1 Four years ago Bill Adler warned if the state didn t ma e changes fast that our state was going to be facing severe debt, dangerous budget shortfalls, an alarming loss of workforce and trouble with school funding. Opponents said things were fine, Bill Adler was wrong, he was a troublemaker and he 11 should shut up. II II Today the state's debt sits at $11 Billion Dollars. It, Next year's state budget will be $180 Million Dollars short. 7 We are now 20 000 workers short of attracting a major employer to the state. ! Only 17% of households in the state now have school age children. Our mortality, rate now exceeds our birth rate. The truth is Bill Adler was ri Message from Bill Adler: I'm not running for the State Senate to hurt someone, I'm running to help someone - You. I don't care about having my picture in the paper or being interviewed on television. And I could care less about being quoted on the nightly news or being on talk radio. What I do care about is solving our problems. I care about people who work two jobs and still struggle to properly provide for their families. I care about children who go to bed just as hungry as they were when they awoke that morning. I care about senior citizens who aren't enjoying their golden years because they're having trouble making ends meet. I care about parents who have to tell their children to get,a good education so they can leave this state to find better jobs. And I care about their children. As I talk with people around this area and state, I sense a feeling of helplessness. People have lost faith in government's willingness and ability to do the right thing. Nothing can be worse for a state or its' PeOPle then a loss of faith. We can build bridges and schools, we do it every day across West Virginia. But can we rebuild our state's economy and restore our people's faith? I believe we can and I wouldn't be running ifI didn't. I know and understand the problems of this state and area. I know how to fix those problems and I'll do it with a style and a class that will make you proud. I'll always answer your questions directly, honestly and in a way you can understand. We may not always agree on everything but you can always talk to me about anything. I believe in leadership through positive reinforcement,and solid decision-making. I'm asking for your vote and a little faith that we can make things better. I'm not asking for my benefit, I'm asking for YOUR benefit. Bill Adler Bill Adler on Solving West Virginia's Problems WE NEED TO: Fix our economy by helping to create jobs with good pay and good benefits. Stop giving tax breaks to out-of-state companies who are going to come here anyway. Start investing in companies already here and people who want to start their own businesses. Reduce the size of state government through attrition and smarter spending practices. Increase education funding at all levels and do not eliminate Pre-K Programs. Review and fix our welfare and workers' compensation programs fairly. Stand up to the insurance companies and self-serving special interests that are ruining this state. Properly address the state's $11 billion dollar debt and the $180 million dollar hole in the budget. Provide permanent solutions for growing fire department problems. Keep promises to our seniors and start increasing senior program spending. Reduce prescription drug costs for all West Virginians. Provide tax incentives to companies who either provide or want to provide workers with health care. Be your State Senator all the time, not just at election time. Save Glenville State College After 30 years, it's time for a Vote for Democrat for State Senate Paid for by Adler for State Senate, Delores B. Adler Treasurer I I ( ( ( I i a h S e n 0 a, ir S C( B, ith :Co fig ch~ cal in 3at :tiv, poi :tic,, :lea :wit inai the doi nut S :bac I iincl -Was i-am Tern tnte: ~arr ,111 C( 'org : St A,, Cornl bne rs i~ thos( indu: later with prov all st twill Ithe E [A gc Idoub si