Steve Grossman, Democratic candidate for governor, addresses Merrimack Valley Sandbox members on Friday afternoon in Lowell.Sun/Bob WhitakerSun staff
Steve Grossman, Democratic candidate for governor, addresses Merrimack Valley Sandbox members on Friday afternoon in Lowell. Sun/Bob Whitaker

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By Rick Sobey

rsobey@lowellsun.com

LOWELL -- Like entrepreneurs making their pitches to judges, Treasurer Steve Grossman told area entrepreneurs on Friday that he's also competing in a pitch contest.

It's not exactly the same as the Merrimack Valley Sandbox contest, but nevertheless, the Democratic candidate for governor also has to show that what he's proposing will help others and "affect lives in a positive way."

"I'm in a pitch contest right now, and I'll get the results back in September," said Grossman, referencing the September primary election.

On Friday, Grossman hosted a roundtable discussion with entrepreneurs at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox on Cabot Street.

After hearing the entrepreneurs emphasize that there are several barriers to start businesses in Massachusetts, Grossman said it's important for the state to implement "commonsense tax policies" to make it easier for entrepreneurs.

"We need to make the state more competitive," he said. "I would also want to see if there are pools of resources to help expand the mission of these types of initiatives."

Friday unofficially made it "roundtable week" in Lowell, as the third candidate for governor hosted a roundtable discussion in the city.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, running for the Democratic nomination, stopped at Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus Tuesday as part of her "On Our Terms" tour of the state -- a series of roundtable discussions aimed at allowing voters to tell the candidate their priorities.

On Wednesday, Republican candidate Charlie Baker met with area business leaders at the Olympia Restaurant, holding a small-business roundtable as part of his "Great Again Massachusetts Tour." He discussed his economic initiatives to increase economic opportunity and grow small businesses.

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