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Main Street Ambassadors

Who: You! Join fellow leaders from around the country to advocate on behalf of small business to Members of Congress.

What: Main Street Ambassadors is a grassroots initiative designed to help advocate our legislative priorities on Capitol Hill, while educating Members of Congress on the power of small business. 

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Why: Your voice is critical! Join hundreds of other small business owners in sending a clear message to Lawmakers—Roll Back Regulations Now!  America’s small business owners are on the front lines of rebuilding the economy and dealing with the issues that directly impact our communities. We need your voice to advocate on behalf of small businesses from across the country. 

How: Register for the 2016 America’s Small Business Summit and indicate your desire to participate in the Main Street Ambassadors program.

What are the benefits?
Ambassadors will build relationships with their Members of Congress while advocating for the small business community. Ambassadors will have access to exclusive events and programming, including high-profile speakers, and a group picture on the steps of the Capitol. 

What's the key message?
Small businesses are being strangled by regulations and paperwork. Fom the ability to receive financing to changes in health care requirements, unelected Washington bureaucrats are imposing expensive and often unnecessary rules that impede the ability for small businesses to do what they do best—grow the economy and create jobs.
 
To make matters worse, the endless stream of rules from the agencies has not slowed! The Department of Labor will soon release their final version of the overtime regulation. This rule, as currently proposed, is massive in scope and will impose radical changes to workers relationship with employers across all sectors, including small businesses and non-profits.
 
The proposed regulation would raise the salary threshold under which employees would have to be paid overtime for hours worked beyond 40 per week from the current annual level of $23,660 to $50,440. Such a dramatic increase will force employers to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees to hourly pay rates or increase their salaries to keep them exempt. Learn more about its impact on nonprofits and state, local governments, workers, and businesses.
 
If you are interested in learning more on this issue, attend the summit breakout session "Navigating the Overtime Rule, " where Tammy McCrutchen, former Labor Department administrator of wage and hour division, will provide a detailed briefing on the proposal.