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

Above the FoldJun 13, 2019 - 3:30pm

Small Business Exports and Digital Trade: Two Great Things that Go Great Together

Congress, business leaders, and entrepreneurs discuss digital trade as a tool to boost small business exports.

Above the FoldJun 12, 2019 - 11:30am
The Q2 2019 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index is 68.7.

Small Business Owners’ Economic Outlook Rebounds, While Complexity of Health Care Poses Challenge

The increase in the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index matches the largest increase in economic confidence since 2017.

Press ReleaseJun 12, 2019 - 8:00am

Small Business Owners’ Economic Outlook Rebounds, Hiring Plans Hold Steady

This 3.1-point rebound follows a drop during the first three months of 2019 and marks the largest quarter-to-quarter increase in economic confidence in the history of the Index.

TestimonyJun 11, 2019 - 11:45am

Statement for the Record by Ian MacLean submitted to the House Committee on Small Business

Statement for the record submitted by Ian MacLean, vice chair of the Small Business Council, regarding the May 22, 2019 House Committee on Small Business hearing on Immigration and the Small Business Workforce.

Above the FoldJun 07, 2019 - 3:00pm
Trucks enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Calexico East Port of Entry in Calexico, CA.

Tariffs on Mexico Would Hit Small Businesses Hard

A 5% tariff would cost small businesses with less than 50 employees more than $800 million.

Above the FoldJun 06, 2019 - 12:15pm
Maura Donahue, left, receives the chairman's gavel from Tom Wilson at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

DonahueFavret's Maura Donahue: New Chairman Aims to Build on Chamber’s Strengths

Donahue, a business leader in Louisiana, served previously as chairman from 2005-2006.

Press ReleaseJun 06, 2019 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Elects Business Leader Maura Donahue Board Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today elected Maura W. Donahue, president of DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company, as chairman. Donahue succeeds Tom Wilson, chairman and CEO of The Allstate Corporation.

Letters to CongressJun 05, 2019 - 4:45pm

Letter Thanking Chairman Lankford, Chairman Rubio, Ranking Member Carper, and Ranking Member Cardin

On June 5, 2019, Thomas Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy, sent a letter to Chairman Lankford, Chairman Rubio, Ranking Member Carper, and Ranking Member Cardin thanking them for hosting the May 22, 2019, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee joint hearing with the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee on reauthorizing the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

EventMay 08, 2019 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Small Business Series - Twin Cities

For the third year in a row, we're returning as a part of our annual nationwide tour where - in cities across the country - we'll provide business owners and entrepreneurs an intimate opportunity to learn new tools to help them thrive and grow, and to network with their peers and other industry experts in their communities.