Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Bailey’s General Store as the Small Business of the Week for the week of January 21-25, 2019. Bailey’s General Store is located on Sanibel Island, Florida.
“Small businesses play a vital role in Florida’s diverse economy,” Chairman Rubio said. “As entrepreneurs who have found their niche in a market and succeeded in growing a customer-focused business, Richard and Mary Bailey Johnson, owners of Bailey’s General Store, set an example for other small businesses. Not only do they operate an outstanding general store, but they also go above and beyond to serve their community. Through various fundraisers, the Johnsons support both the local FISH food pantry and Kiwanis Club. After Hurricane Irma, the general store became a lifeline for residents needing supplies, and employees worked for ten days to clear debris with chainsaws. Bailey’s General Store exemplifies Florida’s unique entrepreneurial spirit, and I am proud to honor them as the Small Business of the Week.”