As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today recognized the Louisiana small business success story of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and will be submitting it into the official Congressional Record.

“During National Small Business Week, I would like to recognize a small business success story on Throwback Thursday. Nearly 20 years ago, Todd Graves opened a chicken finger restaurant in Baton Rouge, which has since grown to serve 16 States across the country – Louisiana’s own Raising Cane’s,” said Vitter. “Never forgetting its small business roots, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers stays true to Louisiana and regularly gives back to its local communities, and is an inspiring example of the hard work, courage, and dedication that go into running American small businesses.”

In the early 1990s, Todd Graves was inspired to open a chicken finger restaurant. After the bank turned down the fresh-out-of-college graduate for a loan, Graves spent the next few years working various jobs to earn and save up the money to open Raising Cane’s in Baton Rouge, La. in 1996. In the years since, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has opened over 150 locations across the United States. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers prides itself on their commitment to the absolute highest quality products and services – a model which has earned them numerous “Best Places to Work” awards from regions across the country. The restaurant chain regularly works with local and national charities, and also actively volunteers in and donates to its local communities.

As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Sen. David Vitter continues the tradition of honoring America’s legacy of small businesses.