NSBA Members Meet with President Obama, top Advisors

March 27, 2013

Obama panel groupLast week’s 2013 NSBA Washington Presentation, held in Washington, D.C., was a dynamic event with a host of outstanding speakers and happenings. The highlight of the event came during the White House Briefing when President Barack Obama stopped by and spoke with the NSBA delegation for nearly 30 minutes.

During his remarks, Obama underscored the importance of small business to a growing U.S. economy and how job creation rests with small business. He touched on topics ranging from the sequestration to taxes and health care costs to patent rules. Obama took numerous questions from the group which spurred a lively discussion on a host of issues, including NSBA’s proposal for a White House Conference on Small Business.

In addition to the discussion with the President, the NSBA delegation heard from several key administration officials:

  • Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors and Assistant to the President, who gave a general economic overview and talked about the recently released economic report of the President. Krueger also discussed the budget priorities for the coming year.
  • Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, who talked about releasing and making accessible key government data as “fuel” for entrepreneurship, pointing to GPS and weather data as examples of what can be done.
  • Marie Johns, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Deputy Administrator, who talked about the modernization of SBA processes and various SBA programs designed to help stimulate small-business growth. Johns was applauded for aggressive SBA outreach efforts.
  • Brian Deese, Deputy Director of National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President, who raised the issue of sequestration and the importance of a long-term fiscal deal. He also underscored a point NSBA has been making for some time—that corporate and individual tax reform need to be coordinated.
  • Boris Bershteyn, the General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Management and Budget, who discussed the importance of streamlined regulations and talked specifically about the “look-back” rules to review existing regulatory burdens.
  • Patrick Hidalgo, Deputy Director of the White House Business Council, moderated the discussions.

The NSBA leadership and delegates present for the White House Briefing were quite impressed with the caliber of the discussion from all speakers, and were thankful to the President for his time.

Please click here to read the official White House blog on the NSBA visit.