May 3, 2017

Sutton biz owner joins national small business discussion

Courtesy/Congressman Jim McGovern
Congressman Jim McGovern with Luke Vaillancourt from Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton at today's Small Business roundtable hosted by House Democrats for National Small Business Week.

The owner of a folk art company in Sutton joined Congressman Jim McGovern in Washington on Tuesday to discuss his needs as a small business owner with a congressional committee.

Luke Vaillancourt, owner of Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton, spoke to the committee as part of a Small Business Week Constituent Roundtable to highlight the success of small businesses in Central Massachusetts. Vaillancourt said in a press release that he wanted to make sure the committee understood that to him, owning a small business isn't about wanting to grow into a big company -- it's about making sure his 19 employees still have a job.

"Every employee feels the struggles and victories that our business feels, and when a small business is taxed and penalized as if it were a large corporation, it hurts all of us," said Vaillancourt.

Vaillancourt Folk Art was founded in 1984 in the basement of Gary and Judi Vaillancourt, Luke's parents. Since then, it has experienced expansions and contractions for of internal and external reasons, according to McGovern's office. The company makes fine art holiday collectibles available in catalogs, museums, small shops, and department stores.

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