Later, she told a group of civic and business leaders about her $17 million proposal. It includes tax incentives, grants and small business loans, and gives small businesses an advantage in seeking state contracts. The governor is making similar pitches in Asheville and Lexington.
"We are asking the general assembly to make law that if you are a NC small business, and if you bid on a contract and if you get the call from state contracting and well you didn't quite make it, we are giving NC businesses a second bite of the apple," Perdue said. "We are letting you come back and we will tell you what the low bid was and if you can get your price down to the low bid, we will give you the contract."
The governor said her plan, strengthens the state's economy and will also give small business owners like Bob Deese a fighting chance, while creating more jobs.
"I had three employees, now I am running this by myself," Deese said. "I'd love to hire somebody, but I can't afford it."
The hope is that the governor's plan fill's empty buildings with new small businesses. Perdue plans to lobby legislators when they go back into session in early May. She's also asking small business owners to put pressure on them as well.