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.
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.