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 Aaron Sygiel at

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

Letters to CongressSep 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter from Christel Slaughter Supporting Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor

This Hill letter was sent from Christel Slaughter, Chair of the Chamber's Small Business Council, to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions supporting Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

EventSep 18, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
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CO— Salt Lake City

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, MetLife, and the Salt Lake Chamber on September 18 as we welcome growth-focused business owners from across the state for a half-day program. Together, we'll build ideas and share actionable insight to some of the most vexing challenges in business. Across the last three years, we've embarked on a national tour to listen to small businesses at every stage of their growth, and we are excited to bring those best practices, ideas, and inspirations to the CO— stage in Salt Lake City for the first time.

Press ReleaseSep 12, 2019 - 1:15pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists for Dream Big Award: Companies to Be Honored at National CO— Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its annual Dream Big Awards, presented by MetLife, which celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.

Press ReleaseSep 09, 2019 - 5:00pm

Small Business Index Reports Record High Optimism

Despite macroeconomic headwinds and trade worries, confidence remains high; Veteran small business owners report need for capital as biggest challenge. Data from the Q3 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index indicates that employers are experiencing high levels of confidence about the state of their local economies and their financial future. The index overall score increased yet again this quarter to 70.7, up two percentage points from Q2, marking the highest number since its inception. This indicates that nearly 71% of U.S. small business owners currently have a positive outlook on their companies’ financial future and business environment.

Above the FoldSep 09, 2019 - 1:00pm

Top 7 Reasons Congress Must Pass USMCA This Fall

Here are the key reasons Congress needs to pass USMCA early this fall/

ReportAug 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

Comments on the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018

Comments submitted regarding the Small Business Runway Extension Plan of 2018 as published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2019.

Above the FoldAug 13, 2019 - 10:00am

Quick Take: Your Primer on Small Business Retirement Plans

Many small business owners struggle to provide retirement savings plans. With MEPs, small business employees can secure healthy retirements.

ReportJul 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

CODSIA Comments on DFARS Prompt Payment of Small Business Contractors

Comments on the DFARS proposed rule for “Prompt Payments of Small Business Contractors” published in the Federal Register on May 31th, 2019.

Above the FoldJul 18, 2019 - 12:15pm

Young Entrepreneur Series: How One Woman is Combating Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

The next generation of business leaders are launching innovative companies that aim to solve some of society’s most pressing problems.

Above the FoldJul 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
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Quick Take: Your Primer on the CASE Act & Protecting Small Business

Congress is considering creating a small claims court that allows small businesses to defend their copyrights.