Small Business Council

The council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business.

For information on the Small Business Council, please contact Megan Trzcinski at MTrzcinski@USChamber.com or (202) 463-5761.

With America’s 28 million small businesses representing more than 99% of all employers, accounting for nearly half of all private sector workers, and generating 61% of net new jobs*, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is firmly committed to advancing a strong small business agenda.

The Small Business Council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business.  In addition to formulating small business policy, the council assists in creating strategies on legislative, regulatory and international initiatives.  The group is able to bring to the Chamber’s Board of Directors attention issues they regard as important or comment on the small business impact of policy being formulated by other Chamber standing policy committees. 

The majority of the membership is comprised of small business owners whose size range from the self-employed to larger enterprises. Other members may include CEO’s or small business directors of state and local chambers of commerce, small business advocates of member associations, and small business representatives of organizations dedicated to serving the interests of small businesses. 

*Source: Small Business Administration (August 2017)

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Recent Activity

ArticleAug 03, 2018 - 1:30pm
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Meet Christel Slaughter, the New Chair of the Chamber’s Council on Small Business

For more than 30 years Dr. Christel Slaughter, CEO of SSA Consultants, has been passionate about leading organizational change and planning efforts for hundreds of clients across the United States with a concentration of this work focused in the public sector.

LetterJul 25, 2018 - 9:45am

Letter Thanking Chairman Chabot and Ranking Member Velázquez

On July 24, 2018, Dr. Christel Slaughter, CEO of SSA Consultants and incoming U.S. Chamber Chair of the Small Business Council, sent a letter to Chairman Chabot and Ranking Member Velázquez thanking them for holding a hearing on how the passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has benefited small businesses. The hearing will take place July 25, 2018.

Above the FoldMay 31, 2018 - 9:45am
Small Business Index 2018 Q2: 68.7

Small Business Optimism Keeps Going Up

The Metlife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index moved up 2.4 points to 68.7 in Q2, hitting another record high.

Press ReleaseMay 30, 2018 - 9:00am

Local Economic Outlook Pushes Small Business Optimism to Record High

The Q2 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index) released today recorded an overall score of 68.7, up 2.4 points from the Q1 score of 66.3, driven in part by the strongest local economic outlook on record, a firmer hiring environment, and a stronger backdrop for investing. Two out of every three small business owners are optimistic about their company and the small business environment in the United States.

Above the FoldMay 15, 2018 - 9:15am
Small Business Infrastructure Reform

Small Businesses Need Infrastructure Improvements to Keep Growing

As we celebrate the success of small business, let’s remove the barriers to their further growth and prosperity.

LetterMay 08, 2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - H.R. 1702, the "Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2018"

This letter was sent to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1702, the “Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2018.”

VideoMay 07, 2018 - 4:15pm

To all of America’s Small Businesses, Thank You.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of the American dream. These risk-takers and dreamers spur growth, create jobs, and expand opportunities. 

Above the FoldMay 03, 2018 - 4:30pm
Employee Amy Merritt prepares a flower arrangement at Flowers By Julia in Princeton, Illinois.

Tax Reform is Pumping Up Small Businesses Optimism

Finding qualified workers, rather than taxes, are small business owners’ most-pressing concern, an NFIB survey found.

Above the FoldMay 02, 2018 - 5:15pm
A "Taxes" sign is displayed at a Jackson Hewitt Tax office in Washington, D.C.

What do the Big Tax Reform Changes Mean for Your Small Business? We’ve Got Answers.

A good piece of advice is don’t wait until 2019 to talk with your tax advisor or CPA about how you can benefit from tax reform.

ArticleApr 30, 2018 - 4:15pm

Small Business Week is a Go! Who Better to Kick it Off with than Linda McMahon

Tom Sullivan, vice president of small business policy at the Chamber, met with SBA head Linda McMahon to pick her brain on small business.