NSBA D.C. Event a SuccessJune 13, 2018
On Monday, June 11, small-business leaders from across the country converged on Washington, D.C. as part of NSBA’s annual Washington Presentation. The event featured a procurement roundtable, the annual Advocate of the Year Award luncheon, a White House briefing, a lobbying tutorial, the Congressional Breakfast and culminated with the small-business owners disseminating on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.
Kicking off the event was a Procurement Roundtable featuring Congressional and Administration experts discussing how small businesses can participate in the federal marketplace, as well as the key reforms needed to expand that marketplace to more small businesses. The highly-regarded session was moderated by Jere Glover, executive director of NSBA’s hi-tech arm, the Small Business Technology Council and featured: Ted Bujewski, associate director, Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs; Major L. Clark III, acting chief counsel, SBA Office of Advocacy; Kenneth Dodds, SBA director of policy, planning and liaison; and Max Kidalov Legal Counsel to Air Force Small Business.
Next, NSBA honored its Lew Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Awardees and recognized for the first time publicly, Larry Nannis of Framingham, Mass. as the overall award winner. The four finalsts recognized were: Lisa Fullerton, president and CEO of A Novel Idea in San Antonio, Texas; Chris Holman, president and owner of Michigan Business Monthly in Lansing, Michigan; Mike Schreurs, chairman and chief strategist of Strategic America in West Des Moines, Iowa; and Rick Whipple, CEO of WhippleWood CPAs in Littleton, Colorado
Following the luncheon, NSBA leadership provided a briefing on the key issues for which the delegates were to lobby the following day on Capitol Hill. Next, the delegation heard from Tiffany Adams who called upon her 25 years of government relations expertise to give attendees insight on how best to get their message across to lawmakers during their Hill visits.
A highlight of the event, the delegation then headed to the White House for a briefing from senior administration officials who discussed issues ranging from global trade to procurement. Leading the administration in talking to the NSBA group was the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon. McMahon was joined by: Steve Munisteri with the White House office of public liaison; Amelia Breinig from the U.S.Trade Representative Office; Andrew Olmem with the National Economic Council; and Tony Sayegh from the U.S. Treasury.
Closing out the day, NSBA held a reception for attendees to relax and informally network with one another.
On Tuesday, June 12, the NSBA delegation headed up to Capitol Hill early, kicking off the day on the Hill with our Congressional Breakfast where they heard from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Reps. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Rod Blum (R-Iowa). The lawmakers discussed a variety of key issues and legislation ranging from tax reform to small-business financing to innovation and intellectual property.
For the remainder of the event, NSBA’s small-business attendees spread out on Capitol Hill and met with lawmakers and their staffs. Among the various topics discussed, the NSBA delegation focused on tax reform 2.0, reining-in health care costs, improving small-business contracting; and the need for a White House Conference on Small Business. Click here to watch NSBA’s Todd McCracken talk about the organizations’ priorities on these issues.
If you were unable to attend NSBA’s Washington Presentation, there’s still time to have your voice heard with lawmakers. Simply click here to access NSBA’s Action Center where you can personalize pre-drafted letters on our key topics, and send them up to the hill in less than two minutes.