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FARMINGTON, Ark. -- When the president unveiled his plan to inject life into small businesses this week, one lucky local business owner was on hand. Now, he's come back home with a picture, an autograph and the experience of a lifetime.
Aaron Cater owns a small business in Fayetteville. A few years ago, he was deployed to Iraq and took out a loan from the Small Business Administration to keep his company afloat while he was gone. Evidently, the White House took an interest in his story and told him to come on down.
"It was one of those one in a million type things," Cater said.
Cater runs Super Saver Coupons, a small business built with other small businesses. The company routinely mails coupons to local businesses to residents in Washington and Benton counties.
Last Friday night, his business was singled out.
"He called me up and asked if we could be at the White House at 11 a.m. on Monday for a small business meeting with the president. Just kind of a weird deal," Cater said, with a laugh.
So Cater and his wife hopped in the car and hauled out to Washington, D.C. They sat in on the press conference and then got to meet President Barack Obama.
"It was really cool. We got the president's autograph, got a picture with him," Cater said. "He's really kind of a mesmerizing figure in person."
So mesmerizing, in fact, that their discussion has disappeared from memory.
"People have asked me what the president said, and we almost can't remember because we were kind of sitting there in awe," Cater said.
What Cater does remember is the president's message to his fellow small business owners.
"Some businesses out there want to move their location. They do want to do some expansion. They want to buy some equipment that'll help them out, and this will really help those businesses out," Cater said.
What Cater is referring to is the president's $15 billion plan to make loans to small businesses more readily available. Cater said he doesn't need one right now, but he said he knows hundreds of other small businesses in the area could use the help.
Cater also left the president with a gift of his own: a unique coin that commemorated Cater's deployment. Cater said the president thanked him for his service.
Originally posted by Donkey_Dean
What Cater is referring to is the president's $15 billion plan to make loans to small businesses more readily available.