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 Jaclyn Neuman at JNeuman@USChamber.com.

The council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business. In addition to focusing on 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 U.S. Chamber Board’s attention small business issues they regard as important or comment on the small business impact of policy being considered 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. 

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Recent Activity

Above the FoldJul 30, 2020 - 10:00am
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What’s Needed from Congress Now to Save Small Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on America’s small businesses. The U.S. Chamber has been fighting for legislation to support small businesses for months, but more must be done to ensure they can weather the pandemic and continue to reopen and rebuild.

Press ReleaseJul 29, 2020 - 8:00am

Small Business Recovery Loses Steam Amid ‘Second Wave’ Concerns, New Poll Shows

Seven in 10 small businesses bracing for a COVID-19 resurgence 

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on S.3742, the "RELIEF for Main Street Act"

This Hill letter was sent to Senators Cory Booker, Steve Daines, and Patty Murray, supporting S. 3742, the “Recharge and Empower Local Innovation and Entrepreneurs Fund for Main Street Act (RELIEF for Main Street Act).”

Above the FoldJul 01, 2020 - 4:15pm
Pia Carusone, CEO & Founder, Republic Restoratives

Pride Month Spotlight: Pia Carusone, CEO & Founder, Republic Restoratives 

We interviewed Pia Carusone of Republic Restoratives to learn more about how she fosters inclusivity in the American distilling community.

Above the FoldJun 26, 2020 - 2:15pm
Jamie Leeds

Pride Month Spotlight: Jamie Leeds, Chef and Restauranteur, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Jamie Leeds Restaurant Group 

Like many food-centric cities across the country, the lifeblood of the food and beverage industry in Washington, D.C. is increasingly dependent on neighborhood  hot spots –the places where D.C. residents can enjoy a familiar meal or a cocktail from a friendly face in our big town.

Above the FoldJun 24, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Pride Month Spotlight: JSQUARED Naturals

In light of Pride month, we're highlighting some of the inspiring LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in the DMV area. Learn more about JSQUARED Naturals.

Above the FoldJun 23, 2020 - 11:30am
Restaurant owner with face mask

How the Fed, Financial Industry Are Helping to Keep Main Street Going

American banks are ready and willing to offer lending for mid-sized businesses under the Fed's Main Street Lending Program.

TestimonyJun 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Perspectives from Main Street: COVID-19’s Impact on Small Business

By Joe Shamess, Co-Founder and Owner, 

ArticleJun 11, 2020 - 4:45pm

Small Business Owners Fear Potential COVID Lawsuits: A Series

Small businesses across the country are trying to reopen safely and sustainably while protecting their employees and customers. One key concern for many is the fear of COVID-related lawsuits. Without liability protections, many small business owners could face a hard choice: permanently stay closed or reopen and risk a business-crippling lawsuit.