NSBA Leadership Activates During August Recess

August 30, 2017

In late July, NSBA held eight video conference calls with our Leadership Council to discuss the August Congressional Recess and how our small-business leaders could best engage Members of Congress. The August recess has always been a prime time for constituents to engage lawmakers while they’re back home working in their districts/states.

Three years ago, NSBA set out to develop a network of small-business leaders who are active in their communities and politically engaged. Today, we have more than 500 members of our Leadership Council spanning the country and representing a wide array of industries. Their political beliefs are as diverse as America’s small-business community, but we come together with one common goal: ensuring small-business ownership and entrepreneurship continues to be a key part of the American dream.

Through NSBA’s expertise on key small-business issues and our development of priorities—such as tax reform, curbing rising health care costs, easing the regulatory burden, fair, affordable access to capital, and ensuring small-business access to the federal marketplace—we provide our Leadership Council Members with unique resources and information. Those members use NSBA’s resources to bolster and expand their expertise as they speak to lawmakers on the local, state and federal level.

Throughout the month of August, countless Leadership Council members took the opportunity to meet and correspond with their Members of Congress on the issues that matter most to your small businesses. Below, we have provided just a quick snippet of a handful of our most active members’ advocacy in recent weeks.

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  • Richard Fleming of State Tax Group, LLC in Dallas, Texas met with Rep. Kenny Marchant (R) to discuss tax reform, Dodd- Frank and the importance of small-business access to financing.
  • Richard Garrison of GARD Enterprises, Inc. in North Carolina reached out to Sens. Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) on tax reform that helps small business, and Rep. Alma Adams (D) on Veteran-owned small-business issues and the importance of working in a bipartisan manner.
  • Susan Arcady Barich of the Barich Business Group in Santa Cruz, California has sent correspondence and is working to set up a meeting with Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) to discuss general small-business issues.
  • Donna Collier of the Valencia Wetlands Trust in Priest River, Idaho, met with Rep. Raul Labrador (R) on the need to streamline the permitting process for development, and closing loopholes that are growing government and shrinking small businesses
  • William DeFries of Copp Systems in Dayton, Ohio met with two Ohio Congressmen, Warren Davidson (R) and Jim Jordan (R) to discuss tax reform, health care reform, small business job growth and the veterans choice program.
  • James D. Oyler of Green Earth Naturally/EarthNet in Roanoke, Virginia has corresponded with Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) on key environmental issues and received positive feedback from both Senators.
  • Nick McLean of Southwest Steel Fabrication in Bonner Springs, Kansas has corresponded with three Members of Congress and is in the process of scheduling meetings to discuss small-business priorities.
  • Jeff Koenig of Open 4 Business in Manhattan, Kansas met with Reps. Kevin Yoder (R) and Roger Marshall (R) to talk about current small business conditions, retail concerns and ongoing efforts to reduce regulatory burdens on small business.
  • Jackie Platte-Mims of The Mike Mims Foundation, Inc. in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida has spoken several times with Rep. Al Lawson (D) and is currently assigned to his leadership team. She also met with Rep. John Rutherford (R) and discussed small-business issues.
  • Ayla Annac of InvivoSciences Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin met with and continues to correspond with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on small-business priorities including health care reform.
  • Scott Baskin and Larry Hill, business leadership for the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) in Illinois, met with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) to discuss the importance of small business to the local economy and the importance of bipartisanship. SBAC also co-hosted an event with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) focusing on procurement opportunities for small business.
  • Rosalyn Ryan of Bicgen Foundation Inc. in Arlington Heights, Illinois corresponded with Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D) and Richard Durbin (D), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D) on health care reform and the importance innovation and transparency in health care.
  • Gary Brand of Brand Ferland Advisors in Savannah, Georgia met with and has continued to correspond with Sen. David Perdue (R) and his staff on bolstering entrepreneurship and supporting small-business growth.
  • Debra Morrison of the Alliance for Deaf Services in Fowlerville, Michigan has scheduled meetingings with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and other state legislators to discuss small-business issues, namely those impacting deaf and hard of hearing small businesses.
  • Donnie Gibson of Civil Werks in Las Vegas, Nevada is in the process of scheduling a meeting with Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D) to discuss challenges facing small businesses.