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Small Business Owner Gives President a Piece of Her Mind

Connellsville, PA store owner participates in tax roundtable in Minneapolis


Kristen Ranker has done a lot in her lifetime, and now she can check one more thing of her to do list: meet the President of the United States. That's her, far left in the picture above from the White House Facebook page.

Kristen Ranker behind the counter at her small business, Schaeffer's Corner Market in Ruffsdale, PA.

Ranker, from Connellsville, an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, was among 14 small-business owners from across the country invited to meet with the president to discuss the impact of his 2017 tax code reforms. The rountable was held Monday, tax day, in Minneapolis. The president touted the tax reform and how he says it's benefited small businesses.

(Video: White House Facebook page)

Ranker owns Schaeffer's Corner Market in Ruffsdale, near her home. "When you say small business, I'm super small. I have four or five employees, including me. I told the president, I didn't get to buy a bunch of equipment or hire a bunch of people," because of tax reform, Ranker told the Greensburg Tribune Review. "But there are people who did, and I get to sell them their milk and bread."

"I think it's been a good thing. It's helping me sustain a business in a rural area." -- Kristen Ranker, small business owner who met with President Trump

Ranker told the Trib the president was running late and rushing off the stage when she realized she hadn't had an opportunity to shake his hand. "So, I stepped out in front of this guy, reached out, shook his hand and said, 'Thank you.' I don't agree with everything he does, but most of it has been good," she said.

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