Quarterly-Report-HeaderA Message From NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken – April 2016

The first three months of 2016 have been very busy forTodd McCracken Headshot NSBA despite the overwhelming national focus on elections-related activity. The staff and leadership here at NSBA have been hard at work on the issues that matter to your business, and I’m happy to highlight some of our most recent activities and successes.

Commented on Regulations

pic-regulations-paperworkNSBA has gathered small-business input and provided input to often out-of-touch regulators on topics including small-business and accredited investors, EEOC pay reporting requirements, and efforts to extend liability to so-called “joint employers.”

Testified Before CongressJereGloverTestify

NSBA and its council, the Small Business Technology Council testified before Congress on the highly successful Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and has several witnesses already scheduled for upcoming hearings.

surveys-reports-thumb.ye15Provided Critical Data on Small Business

NSBA released in early-February its 2015 Year-End Economic Report which provides critical data to lawmakers and the media, and will soon be releasing a survey on small-business exporting.

Took Leadership Role in Coalitions

NSBA staff has been actively working with coalitions on a variety of key small-business topics, ranging from alternative lending to global trade agreements to a potential White House Conference on Small Business.

Played a Key Role in Legislationpic-capitol

NSBA staff is continually providing small-business perspective and data to lawmakers, efforts which have led to action on bills including a jump-start on reauthorizing the SBIR/STTR programs and improved micro-investing for small businesses.

Mike Stanek on CNBCRepresented Small Business in the Media

NSBA and its leadership was featured in a number of high-profile media reports in the last few months, including on CNBC, the Associated Press, Politico, Reuters and many more.

Launched New Online Action Center

NSBA launched our new-and-improved Online Action Center which gives members a more streamlined way to contact their lawmakers, access a Congressional Directory and interact via social media with policymakers.

State of the Union Analysis Callpic-senate-floor

NSBA continued with its popular Issue Briefing call series this quarter with an in-depth analysis on President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Provided Financing Options Through Corporate Partners

NSBA partner Funding Circle has worked over the last quarter to provide increased access to capital to the NSBA’s small-business membership. By offering a loan discount specific to NSBA members, Funding Circle was able to successfully approve over $800,000 in loans between December and March. Additionally, NSBA has many corporate sponsors who continue to offer NSBA members fantastic discounts and valuable resources.

DePriestQuarterly Board Meeting in February

In February, NSBA leadership met in Washington, D.C. where we heard from some outstanding speakers, including the Honorable Darryl DePriest, the newly-confirmed and NSBA-supported Chief Counsel for the SBA Office of Advocacy.

I look forward to continuing our work together throughout 2016, and strongly encourage you to join us in June in Washington, D.C.  for our Small Business Leadership Conference. Your input is critical as we tackle major issues including our growing debt, lagging rates of start-ups, our broken political system and what lies ahead for all of us when our newly elected officials take office in 2017.

Sincerely,

Todd McCracken
NSBA President and CEO