Small Business Majority Brings 50 Small Business Owners to D.C. to Tackle Policy Issues Impacting Small Firms
Small Business Majority’s 2017 Small Business Policy Forum will bring small business owners together Oct. 17-18 in Washington, D.C., for an interactive dialogue on some of the biggest policy issues facing small firms today
Washington, D.C.—Fifty of the best and brightest entrepreneurs from across the country will meet in our nation’s capital starting today to tackle policy issues and discuss how to promote reforms that will help small businesses thrive.
The invite-only 2017 Policy Forum, hosted by Small Business Majority Oct. 17-18 in Washington, D.C., will allow small business leaders to interact with policymakers and issue experts to identify and discuss policies that will help small businesses.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to come to Washington and discuss the major issues facing my small business,” said Jessica Jolly, sole proprietor of ALT-Enter in Illinois. “Meeting face-to-face with policymakers and other experts is a critical step in getting them to really understand what small businesses need in order to thrive, especially in light of the fact that major legislative debates on Capitol Hill this year–namely healthcare and taxes–would have serious implications for small firms like mine. Given what is at stake, small business owners’ voices must be heard.”
With its theme “Advancing the New Small Business Agenda,” the Policy Forum will include a full-day conference on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the National Press Club featuring panel discussions and dialogue with policymakers, industry experts and successful entrepreneurs. It will also include a networking lunch to provide an opportunity for attendees to connect with peers from across the country. The Policy Forum concludes Wednesday, Oct. 18 with a visit to Capitol Hill during which small business owners will have an opportunity to engage directly with legislative staff.
“Small businesses are more than just the backbone of our economy: They are its foundation,” said Small Business Majority Founder & CEO John Arensmeyer. “Despite the obvious importance of small firms, however, the small business voice is often drowned out by special interests that are willing to hijack small business’ good name in order to advance their own ideological agendas. This is an ongoing problem that shows why we need to cut through interest-group smoke screens and advance a policy agenda that will truly benefit our nation’s small employers.”
The Policy Forum will focus on top issues for small business, including:
Healthcare, and why robust marketplaces are good for small businesses
Retirement savings, family medical leave and other portable benefits that support a healthy entrepreneurial economy
Tax and economic development policies to spur small business growth
Policies and strategies to ensure small businesses can obtain the capital necessary to grow and strengthen their enterprises, especially for entrepreneurs in underserved communities
Challenges women entrepreneurs face
For more information about the Policy Forum, please visit: http://smallbizpolicyforum.com
For interviews with Small Business Majority staff or small business owners attending the Policy Forum, please contact Simon Brown at (202) 535-3229 or [email protected].
About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority was founded and is run by small business owners to ensure America’s entrepreneurs are a key part of a thriving and inclusive economy. We actively engage our network of more than 55,000 small business owners in support of public policy solutions and deliver information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about key issues impacting small businesses and freelancers. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.