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When Smaller is Better

The casino industry drives small business growth nationwide

The casino gaming industry is driving small business growth across the country, and in April, the AGA released new research that shows its impact.

The report, The Gaming Industry’s Impact on Small Business Development in the United States, was commissioned by AGA and completed by Spectrum Gaming Group. It found that the industry supports 350,000 small business jobs and is responsible for $52 billion in small business revenues.

To highlight the report’s findings, AGA launched a nationwide tour in April called the American Gaming Small Business Jobs Tour. The tour will scan the country to showcase gaming’s strong, positive impacts on local, small businesses that are driving Main Street’s success and American employment. AGA plans to work with a wide range of member companies to showcase their strong partnership with small businesses around the country.

Eastern Food Services, Inc. in Laurel, Maryland was the first stop on AGA’s tour. Eastern Food is a Maryland-based food distributor that works directly with MGM National Harbor to provide M life water bottles and various other foods. They are a Korean-American-owned small business that specializes in providing several Asian dishes to MGM. Of the 80,000-square-foot warehouse, nearly 30,000 square feet of space is now dedicated solely to servicing MGM National Harbor.

MGM National Harbor’s partnership with Eastern Foods is one of hundreds of unique partnerships between the gaming industry and small businesses across the country. In fact, gaming’s contributions to small businesses reach far beyond creating jobs. The industry also supports $13 billion in small business employee wages, and more than half of casino industry-supported jobs are at non-gaming businesses such as local restaurants and shops that see an increase in traffic from a casino property.

“I want to pledge my commitment to the industry and to MGM,” said Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Maryland), who participated in the first American Gaming Small Business Jobs Tour event. “I do that on behalf of the hundreds of small businesses in the Fourth Congressional District that participate in the activities and prosperity associated with gaming.”

Following AGA’s Gaming Votes and Get to Know Gaming events over the past two years, the American Gaming Small Business Jobs Tour will go directly to small businesses all around the country to highlight gaming’s strong impact. I look forward to showcasing these businesses in the months to come.

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