Nacogdoches Chamber CEO reacts to ‘State of American Business’

Nacogdoches Chamber CEO reacts to ‘State of American Business’
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 3:23 PM CST

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - COVID-19 uncertainty is just one of many challenges facing businesses, yet small business owners are optimistic.

Tuesday, the U.S. Chamber president explained in a “State of American Business” address how that is possible.

Suzanne Clark provided credit where credit’s due: Across America and 140 countries in a streamed message.

“Businesses have built new muscle. They’ve become more adaptive. They’re more comfortable with discomfort,” said Clark.

She says innovation keeps existing business open and leads to opportunities for new ones.

“More people than ever before stood up, took a risk and started something new and created jobs for others in this challenging environment.”

The risks were taken in Deep East Texas, illustrated by numerous Nacogdoches ribbon cuttings since March of 2020. It provides encouragement during difficult times for Nacogdoches Chamber president Wayne Mitchell.

“The two key messages that she had on supply chain interruption and worker shortage were consistent with what we’re hearing on a local basis,” said Mitchell.

“The workforce shortage is a crisis,” said Clark.

The business leader called for doubling the number of people legally immigrating to the U.S. to fill the jobs.

A stern message was directed to bureaucrats and elected officials.

“We will challenge overreach and defend the rule of law at every turn, in every agency with every tool at our disposal.”

Mitchell takes a softer approach, but still urges his membership to mobilize for a stronger future.

“So that we’re prepared to be able to take advantage of investments when they become available.”

One chamber president leading at the grass roots; another at the international level. It takes both working together to meet the challenges American business face. In February Nacogdoches and Lufkin chambers will collaborate in Austin for Legislative Day.

Together they’ll meet elected and appointed state leaders.

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