Small Business Majority Bringing More Than 150 Small Business Owners to D.C. to Tackle Top Issues Facing Entrepreneurs

Small Business Leadership Summit bringing more than 150 small business leaders from across the country to Washington D.C. to discuss pressing issues facing small businesses; opportunity to talk with elected officials and members of the Administration about policies that bolster small business

Washington, D.C.—Small Business Majority will host its second annual Small Business Leadership Summit May 8-11, 2016, where it will bring more than 150 small business leaders from across the country to our nation’s capital to interact with policymakers, members of the media, issue experts and senior members of the Obama Administration to put the small business voice at the center of public policy conversations. Attendees will hear from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Karen B. DeSalvo, Assistant Secretary for Health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Jessica Milano, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Housing at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Dr. Sam Clovis, National Co-Chair and Chief Policy Advisor for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign and Ann O’Leary, Senior Policy Advisor for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

“I’m honored to join more than 150 of my peers in Washington for this event,” said Victoria Calderón Nunes, Co-founder & CEO of AVANZA Business Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. “Small business owners keep our economy strong, so I’m glad this event focuses on what policymakers can do to keep small businesses strong. I think it’s important for policymakers to hear directly from small business owners, which is why I’m taking time from running my business to come to D.C. and have this conversation.”

With its theme “Recognizing the Power of the Small Business Economy,” the Summit will discuss the ways in which the small business case is misunderstood and too-often misrepresented by special interests and policymakers. Small business owners will participate in interactive panels and meet with small business leaders from across the country to explore how small business owners can be better heard in the legislature, in the media and at the ballot box. Leading small businesses will also receive awards at the event.

“This Summit will allow small business owners to engage directly with policymakers and industry leaders to discuss the high-profile issues impacting small businesses,” said Rhett Buttle, President & Managing Director of Small Business Majority. “At this event, we’ll hear from a diverse group of entrepreneurs about what matters to them and what our leaders can do to help small businesses grow and thrive.”

The Summit will focus on top issues of importance to small business, including but not limited to:

  • Access to capital, including emerging technologies such as online lending and crowdfunding, along with issues surrounding predatory lending to ensure small businesses obtain capital necessary to grow and strengthen their firms in a responsible and sustainable manner.
  • Asset building, including what small businesses can do to address retirement security and create retirement programs for employees while keeping business competitive.
  • The freelance economy and its growing impact on the workforce and entrepreneurship.
  • Critical workforce issues impacting small businesses today such as healthcare, retirement savings, minimum wage and family medical leave.
  • Women’s entrepreneurship, including what factors hold women back and what we can do to help women smash the entrepreneurship glass ceiling.  
  • The value of prescription drugs and how they impact healthcare for small business owners.

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For interviews with Small Business Majority staff or small business owners attending the Summit, please contact Cassie Mills at (202) 289-6271 or [email protected].


About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority was founded and is run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong economy. We regularly engage our network of 45,000 small business owners and more than 2,000 business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. 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, including access to capital, taxes, healthcare, retirement, entrepreneurship and workforce development. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.