Hudsonville entrepreneur Zach Booker will be at the U.S. Capitol tonight when President Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech. Booker is a fourth-generation barber and the guest of Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga. He joined Stateside from Washington D.C.
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Booker has several businesses in west Michigan, and thinks that's why he was chosen to attend the address. “I’m a younger individual, but I’m hungry,” he said. “I’m striving for growth.”
After Trump’s tax cuts, Booker’s businesses experienced a boost. “Our goals can be extended,” he said. “I’m increasing wages. I’m trying to hire more people. I’m trying to broaden our reach to serve more customers. We’re trying to add more locations. We’re trying to buy buildings instead of rent buildings.”
As for the speech, Booker hopes to hear a message of optimism and cooperation.
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