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 FoldNov 17, 2017 - 3:45pm
tax reform part 4

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Tax Reform, Part 4

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is a cumbersome and complex tax code.

Press ReleaseNov 15, 2017 - 8:00am

Small Business Owners Highlight Their Local Economy as Bright Spot

An optimistic outlook on the local economy and continued positive perceptions of small business health has pushed the Q4 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index), released today, up for the second consecutive quarter to 63.2 from 62.3 in Q3. This means 63.2 percent of small business owners have a positive outlook about their company and their small business environment. Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of small business owners describe the financial health of their company as “good” this quarter, about the same as last quarter.

ArticleNov 10, 2017 - 3:15pm

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By: Cordell Eddings Ninety-eight percent of the watercooler talk at the Flags of Valor workshop is about sports, the weather and the typical small talk you’ll hear at just about any other office in America.

EventOct 17, 2017 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Small Business Series - Tampa Header Graphic

Small Business Master Class: Tampa

Join small business owners from across the state of Florida for an interactive, one-day program.

Press ReleaseOct 12, 2017 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Executive Order Taking Action to Increase Health Care Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement today following President Trump’s signing of an executive order taking action to increase health care choices:

LetterOct 05, 2017 - 9:30am

Letter Thanking President Trump on Nomination of David C. Tryon to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration

On October 5, 2017, Maxine Turner, founder of Cuisine Unlimited and chair of the U.S. Chamber Small Business Council, sent a letter to President Trump thanking him for the nomination of David C. Tryon to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Above the FoldOct 04, 2017 - 9:00am
Pass the Healthcare Tax Relief Act

American Families and Small Businesses Are Counting on Congress to Pass the Healthcare Tax Relief Act

The bill, introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner would delay for one year Obamacare’s looming health insurance tax.

Above the FoldOct 03, 2017 - 12:30pm
President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Oval Office.

What It Was Like Talking to the Trump Administration About Small Business Regulations

Rules governing federal contracting are way too complex. It's hard for small businesses to compete.

Above the FoldSep 29, 2017 - 2:30pm
tax part 3

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Tax Reform, Part 3

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is a cumbersome and complex tax code.

Above the FoldSep 29, 2017 - 9:30am
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) speaks about tax reform at the U.S. Chamber.

Rep. Brady: Tax Reform Can 'Unleash the Vast Potential' of America

“Tax reform is all about delivering more jobs, bigger paychecks, and fairness,” the House Ways and Means Chairman said at the U.S. Chamber.