Senator Scott Brown spoke to various local business leaders at a United Regional Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday afternoon.
Brown, a Wrentham resident, spoke about the importance of small business during the meeting, which took place at the Franklin Country Club.
"I'm proud to be pro-business and pro-jobs legislation," he said. "The government can't create jobs, but it can create an environment where you can create jobs."
He said the government must look at ways to encourage growth.
"We can't get out of this mess overnight, but we do have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world," he said. "It's not just Franklin competing with Wrentham any more — both of them are competing against the rest of the world."
Brown spoke about the progress he'd made as a senator, including his sponsorship of two bills set to be signed by President Barack Obama this week. The bills, he said, enable crowdfunding for small business and prohibit insider trading by members of Congress.
"Who would've thought you could go to Congress, commit insider trading and not go to jail?" he said.
Brown said he respected the independent spirit of Massachusetts residents.
"Some people have come up to me and said, 'I don't agree with you at all.' Well, there are times my wife doesn't agree with me either," he said. "With me, you know where I stand, why I'm voting and that I vote.
"If it's moving the country forward, I'm going to vote for it," he added. "If it doesn't, I won't."
According to Brown, the country needs to put aside partisan politics to solve its problems.
"We need to work together," he said. "We're in trouble and, if we do nothing, we'll be in very serious trouble."