How The Recovery Act is Boosting Small Biz – and Ice Cream Production – Across America

Stories are popping up all over the country of small business start-ups that were made possible by the Recovery Act – stories of companies like The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz, CA.

Recently, Kendra Backer and Zach Davis, the owners of The Penny Ice Creamery, made this YouTube video, thanking President Obama, the Administration and Congress for passing the Recovery Act, which helped make their dreams a reality. It tells the story of how their dream of opening an ice cream shop that makes “really great ice cream from scratch; the kind of ice cream that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Ben Franklin used to enjoy,” was made possible as a result of a $250,000 Recovery Act small business loan.

Vice President Joe Biden liked their video so much, that he called Kendra and Zach last week to thank them for sharing their story and to congratulate them on the success of their business. Watch the video of the Vice President’s call with Zach and Kendra and see the excerpts from the Penny Ice Creamery’s ‘Thank You’ video: