NSBA Kicks-off Regional Listening Sessions

October 3, 2018

As a lead-up to its 2018 Small Business Congress, NSBA is holding regional Listening Sessions as a way to gather grassroots input and insight into the issues most challenging to America’s small businesses. The first Listening Session was held in Miami Beach on Sept. 27, with two additional events in Cleveland on Oct. 8 and Kansas City on Oct. 22.

In Miami, NSBA partnered with the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of Miami Beach to hold a high-level gathering of nearly 100 small-business leaders to discuss the biggest challenges facing small business today and in the coming months. Miami Beach Chamber President and CEO Jerry Libbin opened the event and welcomed Mayor Dan Gelber who thanked the small-business owners in attendance and recognized their contributions to a thriving local economy.

NSBA leadership, including Board Chair Cynthia Kay of Cynthia Kay and Co. and Trustee Sheila Duffy-Lehrman of Tropic Survival Advertising and Marketing welcomed attendees and encouraged a healthy dialogue in the nonpartisan spirit of NSBA. Todd McCracken, NSBA president and CEO then gave a briefing on the political outlook in Washington, D.C., including the upcoming midterm elections, Congress’ to-do list and where small-business policy priorities stand.

McCracken then led a more detailed discussion on some of the key topics identified by NSBA and its regional partners, including tax reform 2.0, workforce, health insurance costs, regulatory reform, cybersecurity and net neutrality. Through a lively discussion and a series of real-time polls, the delegation was able to focus in on what policymakers from Miami to D.C. need to address.

The input and findings from these sessions will be presented at NSBA’s Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. Nov. 14-15, and will also be a centerpiece of a national event of the Small Business Roundtable as it presents the needs of small businesses to legislators, the Administration, and the media.

Please click here to register for the national Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C.

Please click here to register for the Small Business Congress Listening Session in Cleveland.

Please click here to register for the Small Business Congress Listening Session in Kansas City.