News release from the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce
Albany, GA - Mr. Steven Holloway had a once in a lifetime opportunity offered to him
by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. On October 29, 2009 at 11:45 a.m.
Holloway was one of a select few to attend a speech on health care and the economy by
President Obama in Washington D.C.
The invitation to the event was only given to active representatives who serve on the
Small Business Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "I was trilled to be able to
pass along my golden ticket to this experience with our winner for the 2010 Small
Business of Year Mr. Steven Holloway, owner of Modern Gas," said Catherine Glover,
president/CEO Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. "When I got the invitation I
realized immediately that the strongest representative voice for small business would be
someone who own a successful business, and who could take full advantage of such an
opportunity for our area."
Holloway traveled to Washington D.C. to represent the Albany Area Chamber of
Commerce and its 1,200+ members. "We met at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a
briefing from lobbyists on issues going through Congress. We then walked the three
blocks to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House,"
explained Holloway. Approximately 100 people from across the country were seated in
an auditorium to await the President Obama's arrival.
According to Holloway the president spoke for approximately 30 minutes. "It was
exciting to be part of the pomp and circumstance in the presence of the President of the
United States. It just had a special aura around it," said Holloway.
This isn't something that happens often, but because the Albany Area Chamber of
Commerce is very active with its legislative affairs initiatives and outreach, and because
we are seen as bi-partisan and effective with representing our overall business
community, we were blessed with this powerful opportunity to be represented.