Rep. Antonio Delgado Invites Local Bakery to Testify to Congress During Small Business Week

May 7, 2019
Press Release
Nels Leader of Bread Alone Bakery will testify at House Small Business Committee Hearing During National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m. in honor of National Small Business Week, Rep. Antonio Delgado will bring Nels Leader, Vice President (VP) of the Bread Alone Bakery, to Washington, D.C. to testify in front of the House Small Business Committee. The hearing will be an opportunity for over a dozen small businesses including Bread Alone to share their stories and concerns with lawmakers in Congress.

“With over 27,000 small businesses and self-employed owners in the Nineteenth District, small businesses are the backbone of our economy in Upstate and around the country.” Rep. Antonio Delgado continued, “I’m proud to bring Nels Leader before the House Committee on Small Business to share with my colleagues how this family-owned business has succeeded as an artisanal, environmentally-conscious bakery that’s been around for more than 30 years. Nels’ testimony and the story of Bread Alone captures the entrepreneurial spirit we celebrate during Small Business Week, and it’s truly an honor to have him here.”

Nels Leader is VP of Bread Alone Bakery, one of the nation's largest Certified Organic, artisan bakeries with locations in Upstate New York. Bread Alone has been family-owned and operated since 1983, and generates nearly 30% of its energy needs from a solar array. Nels is also a trained Climate Leader for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, and a lecturer in the MBA in Sustainability program at Bard College. Leader also sits on the boards of the Woodstock Land Conservancy, and of Farm Ferments, a manufacturer of organic sauerkrauts and fermented sauces. Nels has a BA in economics from Colby College and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Every year since 1963, the President has recognized a week to celebrate the contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. This year, National Small Business Week will be held from May 5-11th.  The House Committee on Small Business has jurisdiction over the Small Business Administration (SBA), the only federal agency responsible for focusing on the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses in every facet of the process, making it essential to the well-being of America’s economy.

WHAT:           Hearing: “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.”

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:         House Small Business Hearing Committee
                          2360 Rayburn House Office Building

A livestream will be available on the Committee’s YouTube page. A full list of witnesses can be found here