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America's Small Business Summit is all about connecting. Small business owners connect with each other and the outstanding speakers at the event, and they connect with Washington, D.C. policy experts and lawmakers.
Hill Day is a big part the summit, when small business owners visit their Members of Congress.
The timing of it this year is perfect with an impending vote on renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) coming soon.
There’s plenty of hard data showing how trade supports jobs, but, Members of Congress need to hear first-hand from their constituents why it must be renewed.
When it comes to trade, small businesses get it. They know that trade deals give them the opportunity to reach new markets, sell to more customers, grow their businesses, and help their local communities.
Take Yannick Greiner of Rugged Liner in Owosso, Michigan:
"As we grow our export business, we're able to hire more people here, in Michigan," Greiner says. "And, as we are able to create new jobs, more money is put into our local economy in ways that benefit other local businesses and workers. That is what we want to continue to do."
These faces of trade understand that without TPA, it’ll be much harder to complete trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Without these agreements, American companies will be standing outside looking in at growing markets.
Businesses of all sizes have spoken loudly for TPA, but small business owners have an important story to tell lawmakers. Their advocacy can seal the deal and get the bill across the finish line and to the President’s desk.
Even if you’re not in Washington, D.C., you can help too.
Call 888-373-9401 now to be connected with your Representative's office or click here to add your name in support of TPA.
The small business leaders going to Capitol Hill will be sharing their experiences on social media using the #IAmSmallBiz hash tag. Check back here for updates.