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

Letters to CongressMar 03, 2021 - 4:00pm

Coalition Letter on Extension of the Paycheck Protection Program Deadline

This Coalition letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and the SenateCommittee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, on extending the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Letters to CongressFeb 26, 2021 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Oppose Inclusion of Sec. 9674 in the American Rescue Plan

U.S. Chamber joins small business coalition opposed to lowering the 1099-K threshold from $20,000 down to $600. The lower threshold will add tax complexity to already overwhelmed small businesses and should not be part of the reconciliation legislation Congress is considering.

Letters to CongressFeb 26, 2021 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 389 / H.R. 1226, the "Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting S. 389 / H.R. 1226, the "Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act."

TestimonyFeb 24, 2021 - 10:00am

Testimony on Raising the Minimum Wage

This letter was sent to the Committee on Small Business prior to their Perspectives from Main Street: Raising the Wage hearing. Ian MacLean, Chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council, penned the letter.

Press ReleaseFeb 23, 2021 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Biden Administration’s Change to Payroll Protection Program Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Biden Administration’s changes to PPP Lending. The changes are aimed at extending aid to minority-owned businesses and to the nation’s smallest firms. Only businesses with fewer than 20 employees will be able to apply for PPP funds through March 9.

Letters to CongressFeb 03, 2021 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of Isabel Guzman to be SBA Administrator

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, on the Nomination of Isabel Guzman to be Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Above the FoldJan 25, 2021 - 10:45am
A mobile coffee truck is open for business during the Coronavirus pandemic. The owner wears a mask during work hours.

5 Trends to Watch in 2021 from the MetLife and U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Index

We've compiled the top economic trends small business owners should watch in 2021. Check them out here.

Above the FoldJan 19, 2021 - 3:15pm
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States Focus on Pro-Business Policies to Attract Companies, Talent

Check out our key takeaways from our Policy Power Hour: State Issues, National Impact on Jan. 15, 2021.

Letters to CongressJan 15, 2021 - 12:30pm

Coalition Letter on the Nomination of Isabel Guzman to the SBA

This Coalition letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, supporting the nomination of Isabel Guzman to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

ReportDec 22, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide and cheat sheet to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan from the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Program.