York small biz owner among group invited to White House

David Weissman
York Dispatch
(right to left) John Bailey, owner of Bailey Coach in West Manchester Township, poses in front of the White House with fellow Pennsylvania small business owners Douglass Henry, Steve Rennekamp and Les Neilly. (Photo courtesy of Bailey)

John Bailey called it one of the best days of his life.

The president of Bailey Coach in West Manchester Township was among a group of small-business owners invited to hear from President Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Bailey didn't get to personally meet Trump, he said, but he was about 15 feet away as he was addressing the members of the National Federation of Independent Business in the East Wing.

Bailey said the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), also addressed the group.

The SBA has been helpful during past administrations, Bailey said, but President Trump expressed a desire to do more to support small businesses.

"He's taking a (Volkswagen) and making it a Corvette," Bailey said of the president's plans to empower the SBA. "The VW is good ... but I think it can be a better program."

Bailey said Trump promised to do away with onerous regulations and reduce taxes.

"(Trump) understands that if he lowers taxes, we will reinvest that money in our businesses," he said.

Bailey was among four Pennsylvania small-business owners to attend the event. The others were Douglass Henry, owner of Henry Molded Products in Lebanon; Steve Rennekamp, owner of Energy Swing Windows in Murrysville, Westmoreland County; and Les Neilly, owner of Neilly Canvas Products in Pittsburgh.

Bailey said he hopes to organize a roundtable discussion of small-business owners in central Pennsylvania to pass on the information he received during his White House trip.