“I’m running because Virginia needs a governor who understands that every business is essential to the owners and employees who depend on those jobs. That’s why I created the Virginia 30 Day Fund to provide short-term funds for small businesses in need. We helped more than 1,100 Virginia small businesses survive. That’s the kind of leadership we need in Richmond. It’s time for Virginia to lead again.”
- Saving Small Business
Pete knows firsthand what small businesses are going through, and has committed to boosting those struggling to re-open and stay open.
As a serial entrepreneur, Pete knows a thing or two about small business. He understands firsthand how damaging Ralph Northam’s shutdown policies have been on small businesses across Virginia. Career politicians in Richmond picked winners and losers – essential and non-essential businesses – which destroyed lives, and the dreams of families and entrepreneurs across the Commonwealth.
In response, Pete and his wife Burson launched the Virginia 30 Day Fund, a non-profit whose sole mission is to save as many small businesses and Virginia jobs as possible by providing fully-forgivable loans for small businesses in need. They were able to raise millions of dollars to help small businesses across the state, and ultimately, the country.
- Making Virginia More Competitive: Pete is committed to making Virginia the best place to launch and run a business. This starts with getting the career politicians in Richmond out of the way and allowing small businesses to open and thrive, and middle and larger businesses to locate in Virginia rather than other states or other countries.
- Ending corporate welfare: Pete knows the government can’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, so we must put an end to the cronyism that has plagued our state’s politics. Richmond spent 2020 deeming some businesses essential and others as unessential. This must end.