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by Craig S. Brightup
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Pentagon project testimony

On May 8, John and Kimberly Francis, owners and operators of NRCA member Northern Virginia Roofing Co. Inc., Falls Church, Va., participated in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business for National Small Business Week: Small Business Success Stories.

The Francises were invited to testify because of their role as catalysts for NRCA's volunteer effort to repair and replace damaged portions of the Pentagon's roof system. After John read a written statement, which was submitted for the committee's record and included a list of every company involved in the NRCA Pentagon Project, the committee viewed an NRCA-produced video about the project that includes comments from Rep. Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.), the committee's ranking Democrat. (Professional Roofing's three-part series about the NRCA Pentagon Project can be found in the March, April and May issues.)

Each year for the past 39 years, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. This year, National Small Business Week, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), was held May 5-11. SBA Administrator Hector Barreto was the House Committee on Small Business' special guest for the hearing and sat with committee members to listen to and praise testimony from the Francises and nine other U.S. small-business operators.



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