Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress 2017! My name is Raquel Leslie, and I will be chairing the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship committee. SBE is a new committee this year, and I’m excited to delve into the role that the Senate can play in fostering innovation, spurring economic growth, and investing in the success of small businesses in the United States. This year, we will be discussing several exciting topics at the intersection of government and business. For example, one of the briefings we will discuss concerns the implications of patent law on small businesses – how can we find a balance between creating a system that encourages inventors to innovate, but is also strict enough to prevent “patent trolls” from filing abusive infringement lawsuits?

A little about myself: I’m a sophomore in Dunster House from Danvers, MA, concentrating in Government with a secondary in East Asian Studies. I am also a member of Citizenship Tutoring at the IOP and the Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations. In my free time, I love traveling and going to concerts. I would love to talk to you about all of the wonderful opportunities both at college and more specifically at Harvard; feel free to ask about college or anything else leading up to, during, and after the conference!

I have a passion for Harvard Model Congress, and want to ensure that each of you is sent forth from the conference with a deeper understanding of our nation’s system of government and a desire to serve our country, in government, community service, or whatever career path you ultimately decide to pursue. I am thoroughly excited to meet each of you, and get to know you. Please feel free to contact me at any time if I can be of any help to you as you prepare for the conference!


Raquel Leslie
Email: [email protected]


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