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Indiana small business caucus meeting across state

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A bipartisan group of state lawmakers plans to meet around the state this summer to discuss small business issues.

The General Assembly's Small Business Caucus will host town halls across northern, central and southern Indiana beginning in early August and continuing through mid-September.

Two of its co-chairs, Democratic Rep. Terri Austin of Anderson and Republican Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury, say they understand small businesses have different needs from the state's larger operations and value their contribution to the Indiana economy.

Republican Rep. Tom Dermody of LaPorte and Democratic Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson are the group's other leaders.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says small businesses employ 1.2 million Indiana residents.

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