Chattanooga businessman meets with Obama

Chattanooga businessman meets with Obama

October 12th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

President Barack Obama on Friday hosted Chattanooga businessman T.J. Gentle, president and CEO of SmartFurniture.com, as part of a business advisory council on how the federal budget impasse and partial shutdown is affecting small businesses.

Gentle previously met with Obama in 2012 to discuss the then-looming fiscal cliff, with Gentle urging a tax increase on those making more than $250,000. This time, though Gentle came away without a specific proposal, the former Miller and Martin attorney called for a compromise between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C.

"The shutdown has clearly negatively affected consumer confidence," Gentle said. "My hope is that our leaders in Washington will not only find a viable solution for the short term, but that our leaders look to the long term and find a solution that will give business owners the confidence to invest in infrastructure, technology, and personnel, which will help create long-term sustainable growth in our economy."