Small Business Congress Starts Tomorrow

January 24, 2017

Tomorrow morning, Feb. 16, NSBA will kick off it’s biennial 2017 Small Business Congress in Washington, D.C. with timely comments from the House Small Business Committee Chair Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.). Every two years, NSBA brings together small-business leaders from across the country at the Small Business Congress to discuss and develop a small-business agenda for upcoming session of Congress.

This event will give attendees a unique glimpse at the inner-workings of Congress, provide networking with some of America’s most active small-business leaders, and hear from policy insiders on the top issues facing their small business.

Among those policy insiders and experts, we have confirmed a number of top-notch speakers, including:

  • Aaron Taylor, Director of Government Affairs for Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Donald Marron, Director of Economic Policy Initiatives, Urban Institute
  • Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Kevin Kosar, Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
  • Brian Webb, Manager of Health Policy, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
  • Brian Knight, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Nat Hoopes, Executive Director, Marketplace Lending Association
  • Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Katy Spangler, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, American Benefits Council
  • Rodney Whitlock, Vice President, Health Policy, ML Strategies
  • Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers

Below are some of the sessions planned for this event:

Small Business Credit and Capital

  • A New Day at the SEC
  • Can the Promise of FinTech and alternative lending be fulfilled?
  • Community Banks and Dodd-Frank: getting banks lending again
  • What is the Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Reining in Regulatory Over-Reach

  • Just Say No: the effects of regulatory moratoriums and Congressional review
  • Rolling Back the Bureaucratic State: regulatory budgets and retrospective review


Tax Reform and the Entrepreneur

  • Simplification v. Fairness: the trade-offs of a new tax system
  • Making Tax Reform Work for Pass-Throughs

How to get Health Care Reform Right for Small Business

  • What does “Repeal and Replace” Mean?
  • The Reasons, Reactions, and Realities Behind the Individual Mandate
  • The Employer Role and the Counter Productivity of the Employer Mandate
  • Reducing Costs and Creating Incentives for Quality

The State of Small Business

  • Release of NSBA Small Business Economic Report
  • Panel Discussion on  the Economic Status of Small Businesses
  • Data and analysis from leading experts

Small Business Town Hall

NSBA leadership will host an interactive town hall where attendees debate and vote on NSBA’s priorities for the coming two years.

**Click here for a wrap-up on Small Business Congress.

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