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Local legislators visit Framingham's Open Mobile to celebrate small businesses

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 30, 2012 02:33 PM

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Local legislators visited Framingham-based Open Mobile last week to recognize National Small Business Week. From left to right: Chandra Bajpai, Open Mobile general manager; Rep. Tom Sannicandro; Leila Dillon, marketing/communications/IR vice president; Rep. Chris Walsh; Bob Angelo, chairman/CEO of Open Mobile; Sen. Karen Spilka; and April Anderson Lamoureux, assistant secretary of Economic Development.

Local legislators visited Framingham's Open Mobile headquarters last week to celebrate and promote National Small Business Week, an annual celebration started by then-President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

President Barack Obama had designated last week as National Small Business Week to recognize contributions of the nation’s nearly 27 million entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Legislators kicked off the week’s festivities by visiting local businesses in their home towns to thank them for their contributions to the state's economy, and to promote local shopping this spring.

State Representatives Chris Walsh and Tom Sannicandro joined state Senator Karen Spilka and assistant secretary for Economic Development April Anderson Lamoureux during the visit to the Framingham-based software firm working to deliver a 100 percent compatible and high performing application ecosystem to every mobile platform.

The group met with Bob Angelo, chairman and CEO of Open Mobile, and additional members of the staff to discuss their experience growing a small business in Massachusetts.

With offices in China, India, and Finland, Open Mobile could locate anywhere in the world but chose to have its headquarters in Framingham, Spilka said.

“Small businesses – like Open Mobile – are the backbone of our economy,” she said. “In order to ensure continued economic development and job creation, we must remain committed to supporting entrepreneurs and the growing small business community in Massachusetts.”

The State House also hosted a small business resource fair last Wednesday, where resource providers shared information on the state programs available that help assist small businesses with everything from designing a business plan to procuring state funding.

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