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Main Street intersects with Pennsylvania Avenue this week, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicks off its annual America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.
Things start Monday at the U.S. Chamber and Omni Shoreham Hotel. The event attracts hundreds of small business owners from all over the United States and ensures that their voices are being heard inside the Beltway. Attendees get to meet with members of Congress and tell them their stories and priorities to help build the economy and positively impact their communities.
Meanwhile, small business owners have the opportunity to connect with each other and learn about the best strategies and practices to compete in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
“At the U.S. Chamber, we know that across the country small businesses of every kind – from scrappy startups to multigenerational Main Street fixtures – are overcoming obstacles and sometimes long odds to survive and thrive in a challenging environment,” said Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue. “They are pushing back against headwinds like higher taxes, stricter regulations, and greater uncertainty, and they are emerging stronger than ever--putting people to work and making positive contributions to their economies and communities.”
Speakers this year include Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration; Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos; Michael J. Morell, former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency; and many Chamber voices.
A highlight will happen Tuesday, when the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam's Club, will be announced. The award celebrates the success of small business and honors its contributions to America's economic growth. The seven regional finalists and 100 Blue Ribbon winners also will be acknowledged.
Here’s a look at the contenders:
Eastern Regional Finalist: Charter School Business Management
Great Lakes Regional Finalist: Capannari Ice Cream
Midwest Regional Finalist: Custom Alarm
Northwest Regional Finalist: Payette Brewing Company
Southeastern Regional Finalist: Triangle Rock Club
Southwest & South Central Regional Finalist: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Western Regional Finalist: Noble Studios
Attendees then will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share their experiences with lawmakers.
It’s not too late to register and be a part of the summit: