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

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 CongressMay 06, 2020 - 9:15am

Coalition Letter on Separating 7(a) and PPP Loan Commitments

The International Franchise Association sent this Coalition letter to Congressional leadership, urging the separation of commitments of the SBA 7(a) loan program from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

ReportMay 05, 2020 - 6:00am
Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll

Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll - May

As small businesses remain closed due to social distancing requirements, many are finding unique ways to transform their business operations, according to the latest MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll.

Letters to CongressMay 04, 2020 - 11:30am

Coalition Letter - Nonprofit Organizations and the PPP

This Coalition letter was sent to the members of the United States Congress, urging eligibility for all nonprofit organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This letter was signed by organizations from all 50 states, plus American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Mariana Islands.

ReportApr 24, 2020 - 9:15am
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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.

Press ReleaseApr 24, 2020 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Praises Additional $310 Billion in Funding to Help Small Businesses Stay Afloat

Chamber urges Congress to prepare to replenish funds to help small businesses left out  

Press ReleaseApr 21, 2020 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Calls for Swift Enactment of New CARES Act Funding, Urges Additional Support for All Small Employers

The U.S. Chamber welcomed news today that the administration and Congress have reached a deal to increase funding for small business owners under the CARES Act and called for swift enactment.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Utah Small Business Owners Use Paycheck Protection Program Funding to Prepare for an Uncertain Future

The Paycheck Protection Program is helping some small businesses stay afloat, but more funding from Congress is needed now.

Press ReleaseApr 16, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Restore CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses

“Today’s tragic and staggering unemployment figures underscore the dire need for bridge funding to keep more Americans on the job and more businesses afloat during the coronavirus economic crisis. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to get these funds approved immediately. American small businesses, self-employed workers, and independent contractors need and expect the type of bipartisan cooperation that led to the CARES Act to solve this immediate crisis.”