Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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US Rep. Brooks visits zWORKS

Sep 2, 2016
In The News

Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks visited Zionsville Tuesday, Aug. 30, to learn more about zWORKS and the entrepreneurs who work there.

Brooks was accompanied by Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak and Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Johns-Cole on a tour of the year-old facility. She not only saw the physical layout of the building but spent most of her time chatting one on one with entrepreneurs based at zWORKS, an entrepreneurial center and co-working space in Zionsville’s downtown.

Brooks, R-Carmel, is the incumbent in this fall’s race for Indiana’s Fifth Congressional District seat. She will face two challengers for the seat this fall. Dr. Angela Demaree, Indianapolis, a large-animal vet and a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, is the Democrat on the ballot. Matthew Wittlief, Carmel, who formerly worked in the hospitality industry and who is now a solutions consultant for analytics technology, is the Libertarian candidate.

The congresswoman said she’d been wanting to get to the year-old center sooner because she had been hearing good things about it from different people.

“It shows how many entrepreneurs are here in this area,” she said. “This is a great space and a great opportunity.”

Brooks praised the effort as an “incredible concept, that showed a great public/private partnership between the town, the chamber of commerce, and business people.

She said the importance of startups and small businesses to a community is often underestimated, noting that more people are actually employed by small businesses than large ones.

After talking to several different entrepreneurs, Brooks said she was impressed with how quickly the Zionsville location filled up and by the work being done there.

“I’ve heard a lot of incredible ideas, and I haven’t even got through the front hallway,” she said.

Brooks said the goal of her visit is to make sure that future legislation doesn’t get in the way of the creative endeavors of startups and small businesses like those at zWORKS and to be sure that what the government is already doing isn’t impeding growth.

“I want to be able to be a voice (for them),” she said.