Small Business Council | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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.

Who we are

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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 three out of every four new jobs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is firmly committed to advancing a strong small business agenda. A robust and vibrant small business community has proven vital to our nation’s long-term prosperity.

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 small business members in creating effective grass roots actions and 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 Council maintains a roster of approximately 115 members disbursed geographically throughout the country. 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. 

What we do

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business – especially small business. No other organization represents business as effectively before Congress, the administration, regulatory agencies, in the courts -- and in the court of public opinion. Members of the Small Business Council routinely help shape and advance the Chamber’s message and strong pro-business agenda by a dedicated commitment and involvement in the political process.

Council members regularly meet with top federal government officials and policy makers on issues of importance to the small business community. Our expert policy staff frequently calls on the Council to testify before Congress by representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At these hearings Council members are provided opportunities to relay their personal stories to lawmakers on the impact of government policies on small business and proposed solutions.

Our agenda

Through a series of meetings and forums, members of the Small Business Council are the driving force in formulating our aggressive small business policy agenda. Our current platform includes:

  • Health Care – Improve affordable access to quality health care for small business owners and their employees.
  • Workforce Flexibility – Empower small businesses by providing a level playing field to hire, train, and retain a qualified workforce.
  • Tax Relief – Promote a tax policy that allows small business the opportunity to reinvest more money to grow their businesses.
  • Red Tape – Fight burdensome federal regulations and paperwork requirements that produce questionable benefits.
  • Legal Reform – Limit outlandish punitive damages that are crafted to force large settlements regardless of the small business’ degree of responsibility for the harm done.
  • Government Resources – Encourage the efficient use of limited resources that the government has dedicated to small businesses in its efforts to reduce regulatory barriers, provide capital, and spur economic development.
  • International Trade – Give small businesses the opportunity to participate in the worldwide marketplace with as few restrictions as their international competitors.
  • Infrastructure – Provide small businesses unfettered access to a safe, cost-effective, and reliable infrastructure that will support a stable flow of goods and services.

Council meetings and events

Meetings of the general Council are held twice a year.  The winter meeting is held alongside the Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting.  The September meeting coincides with the Chamber’s Small Business Summit in Washington, DC. 

In addition to the general Council meetings, the Chamber orchestrates a premier “Small Business Summit” whereby hundreds of small business owners descend on our Nation’s Capital to inform lawmakers of the challenges facing the small business community. The Council plays an instrumental role in planning and advising the staff on important components of this event in order to address pertinent issues.

Throughout the year, Council member are regularly invited to attend events hosted by other Chamber departments throughout the country. 

 

For more information on the Small Business Council, please contact Megan Murray at MMurray@uschamber.com or (202) 463-5761.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldSep 12, 2017 - 12:45pm
Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist and Maxine Turner, U.S. Chamber Council on Small Business chair.

Small Businesses Know It’s Time for Tax Reform

It’s been 31 years since the last overhaul of our nation’s tax code in 1986, and America’s Main Streets cannot wait another 31 years.

EventSep 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to Sep 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Small Business Series - DC Header Graphic

Small Business Summit 2017

Save the date for the 2017 Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.

Above the FoldSep 01, 2017 - 12:00pm
Main Street Frederick Maryland

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Labor Regulations

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is complying with numerous labor regulations.

Press ReleaseAug 23, 2017 - 8:30am

Majority of Small Businesses Concerned about Cybersecurity Threats

The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index), released today, found that almost 60 percent of all small business owners surveyed are concerned about cybersecurity threats. Companies with 20 to 99 employees are much more likely to be concerned—with one in five feeling very concerned—than companies with fewer than 20 employees.

Press ReleaseAug 23, 2017 - 8:00am

America’s Small Businesses More Optimistic about the Economy, Despite Tempered Hiring and Investment Expectations

The Q3 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index), released today, recorded an overall score of 62.3, up 1.7 points from the Q2 score of 60.6, driven in part by an eight point jump in the percentage of small business owners optimistic about the national economy in the third quarter — 41 percent compared to 33 percent last quarter. Based on telephone interviews with 1,000 small business owners and operators, the survey also found that almost two-thirds of respondents rated the overall health of their small business as good, which is consistent with last quarter.

Above the FoldAug 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
Small Business Summit

The National Small Business Summit is Bringing Serious Entrepreneurial Power to DC

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Above the FoldAug 01, 2017 - 5:45pm
A Wisconsin small business owner asks a question of SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump (Source: White House)

Small Business is in America’s DNA

The louder we defend small business, the greater a chance we have to succeed.

Above the FoldJul 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
Small Business Summit

5 Reasons Small Business Owners Can’t Miss the National Small Business Summit in D.C.

America’s 28 million small businesses account for 67% of new jobs and more than 50% of the nation’s economic output.

LetterJul 18, 2017 - 11:45am

Letter Congratulating Chairman Risch on the introduction of the "Advocacy Empowerment Act" and the "Hearing Small Business Act"

Maxine Turner, founder of Cuisine Unlimited and chair of the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council, sent a letter to Chairman Risch congratulating him on the introduction of the "Advocacy Empowerment Act" and the "Hearing Small Business Act."

Press ReleaseJul 17, 2017 - 12:30pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for Small Business of the Year Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its annual Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, presented by MetLife.