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Bush to visit Cleveland on Wednesday

March 6, 2004 at 7:41 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- The White House's effort to woo swing voters in this fall's general election has begun to focus on Ohio, the Toledo Blade reported Saturday.

A U.S. Department of Labor official and Capitol Hill source said President Bush is expected to attend the "Women's Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" conference on Wednesday at the Cleveland Convention Center.

The event, the fifth and final in a series of conferences around the nation, is co-hosted by the Department of Labor and the federal Small Business Administration, the Toledo Blade reported Saturday.

"It focuses on the needs of women entrepreneurs," Sue Hensley, a spokesman for the Small Business Administration, said. "How they can grow their businesses, and issues such as access to capital and access to affordable health care."

The U.S. Department of Labor says there are 6.2 million women-owned businesses employing 9.2 million people in the nation, generating sales of $1.5 trillion.

Plans call for the president to be joined by Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, and SBA Administrator Hector Barreto.

Topics: Elaine Chao
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