From shipping to staffing, the Chamber and its partners have the tools to save your business money and the solutions to help you run it more efficiently. Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today to start saving.
Are you concerned your city isn't keeping up with the fast-paced growth of the startup community? Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, FreeEnterprise.com, and 1776 for a special breakfast briefing to understand the important role that the business community plays in creating an environment where innovation can thrive. The Innovation That Matters research project analyzes key markets that are capitalizing on 21st century innovations by establishing strong networks between startups, local government, civic leaders, and the broader business community. Hear the results of our research followed by a panel of experts who are making innovation happen in their own communities. You'll walk away with specific recommendations on how you can create change, foster innovation and help your city thrive for the next 20 years.
Whether it's completing your next sale, finalizing a partnership, securing a new hire, or letting policymakers know what you need to succeed, storytelling is a powerful tool that can make you and your business stand out as extraordinary … or blend into the crowd.
This session will explore the elements of every good story and how to combine these elements in ways that are authentic and compelling to a variety of audiences from consumers and clients to the community to policymakers. Participants will leave knowing how to build their own business narratives and how to share them easily using accessible and low-cost tools.
Kids ages 11 - 18 years old, launched over a thousand REAL businesses across America in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy this year. The top seven businesses will pitch their BIG ideas in the hopes of being crowned the 8th Annual YEA! Saunders Scholars Champion and walking away with thousands of dollars in college scholarships, and business start-up prize packages!
The winning business will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges, and YOU! Select your favorite business and vote live for the People's Choice Award Winner! Who will be America's Next Top Young Entrepreneur?
Warren Brown has (quite literally) discovered the recipe for success. A lawyer, turned entrepreneur, Brown attributes his small business success to three key ingredients: staying true to your passion, responding to customer feedback, and capitalizing on innovations to stay ahead. This session explores what it takes to turn your passion into a thriving, sustainable business. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to innovate and leverage trends to turn them into new business opportunities
Join the Chamber’s chief economist and some of the country’s top business minds to learn about the current forces impacting our nation’s economy. How does a presidential election influence economic trends? What’s in store for the global marketplace and how will it affect your bottom line?
Ducker provides strategic direction for FedEx’s less-than-truckload companies throughout North America and for FedEx Custom Critical, a leading carrier of time-sensitive, critical shipments. Previously, he served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the Obama administration, as well as chairman of the International Policy Committee for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Inc. Magazine recently reported that “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in business.” Far from the typical entrepreneur, Lidsky’s wide array of achievements will undoubtedly make for an enlightening and motivational story feature.
The 2016 election will be one of the most defining elections of our generation. The stakes are high for small business owners. Whether it's advocating for regulatory reform, fixing the Affordable Care Act, or providing more incentives for growth, hear what the experts have to say about the state of presidential politics and where candidates stand on Main Street issues.
Welcome to Washington, D.C.! Join your fellow attendees for a special rooftop reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where there will be plenty of food and drinks - no need to make a dinner reservation. You won't be able to beat the view of the White House, and we will have a professional photographer on hand to provide the perfect D.C. souvenir.
Photos from the Welcome Reception are available for download at uscham.com/roof2016.
A healthy body fuels a healthy mind. Get energized for the day and connect with attendees and Chamber employees on a scenic run through Rock Creek Park. Run will be approximately 3 miles long.
All runners should meet in the lobby at 6:30am.
Jump start your day with coffee, milk, juice, and a full continental breakfast spread.
Having led the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 1997, Thomas J. Donohue has confronted economic and fiscal issues affecting America’s small businesses head-on. He aggressively advanced the Chamber’s Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda and advocated for the needs of business to policymakers in Washington. Join us for a “Talk With Tom” on the value of small businesses, leadership in Washington, and his thoughts on the future.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, will discuss how to build a cyber risk management plan for your business.
What if nothing were impossible? Not Impossible makes the impossible possible by creating accessible technology based solutions primarily in the areas of health, mobility, and communication. Not Impossible is a community of innovators, creating life-changing devices and delivering inspiring content that compels action. Watch in awe as Not Impossible sparks your personal sense of compassion and energizes you as a business owner.
The Internet of Things (IoT), the next wave of technology, connects some 50 billion devices to the Internet. Internet-connected devices have the potential to unleash significant economic growth for small businesses and the data help businesses improve safety, reduce costs, and enhance productivity.
Real and dynamic cybersecurity threats exist today. Small businesses are responsible for protecting their data and intellectual property as well as the personal information of their customers and employees. This session will examine the benefits of emerging IoT technologies and best practices to maximize rewards and benefits.
Overtime rules have a major impact on small businesses. Currently, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must meet certain criteria to qualify (or be exempt from) overtime rules.
One common trait of small business employees is the willingness to work long hours to ensure that a project succeeds—meaning overtime can have unexpected implications on budgets. But small businesses can take steps to mitigate the effect of those costs.
This session will feature a conversation with Tammy McCutchen, the former Wage and Hour Administrator under the Bush administration who was responsible for the regulations that are being revised. She was the outside counsel for the Chamber’s comments. Joining her will be Marc Freedman, Executive Director for Labor Law Policy who has been leading the Chamber’s response to this regulation. The session will discuss the details of the new regulation and what employers should be doing to be in compliance.
In our search to find the top small businesses in America, we've narrowed the list to 7 companies - each representing a geographical region in the U.S. Meet the owners of these standout small businesses and find out who will take home the title "DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year" and a $10,000 cash prize.
Incorporating digital media into your business is no longer an option – it is a must! In an age when everyone is carrying a smartphone, brands and businesses, whether big or small, need to start thinking like media companies. We will discuss some of the innovative ways that companies are using the web and social media to build loyal and engaged followings that translate into sales and growth.
Your business can’t flourish and grow if your employees and their families aren’t healthy. This panel will unveil a new resource center that provides easy and cost effective ways that business owners can invest in the health of their employees, how investing in your community is a strategy for growth, and the role your chamber can play. Participants in the session will learn about the ties between health and economic development, and walk away with the tools they need to make their employees and community healthier and ready for the future.
Join executives from the U.S. Chamber’s Political and Congressional Affairs office for an update on the key business issues moving on Capitol Hill and on how the political climate impacts the legislative agenda. With so much at stake in November, the time is now to make your voice heard. Before you meet with your Congressional delegation on Wednesday, attend this session for a discussion of how the business community can come together to get things done in 2016 and beyond.
Learn from and be inspired by Kat Cole, America’s girl next door turned company president and high growth business advisor, and a favorite on CBS’ Undercover Boss. Social media maven, startup investor, franchise guru and avid humanitarian are just some of the phrases used to describe this extraordinary entrepreneur that is known for building brands, scaling businesses and giving back. Kat is Group President, FOCUS Brands (Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel Ice Cream, Moe’s and more), member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Council and sought after advisor on global, multi-channel growth and brand and business architecture. Beyond her success in franchising and global retail, her story of moving from tough times to Hooters Girl and then to becoming of the youngest executives and presidents in major retail is a source of inspiration for many around the world. On Fortune’s 40 Under 40 List and CNBC’s List of Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors, she bridges the world of small business to that of large, global corporations as a next generation entrepreneur and business leader.
Kat will share her experiences and advice on balancing hustle and heart to drive growth, success and resilience.
You might recognize Marcus Lemonis as the host of CNBC’S “The Profit,” but he is much more than a television star. Born in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon and adopted at 9 months old, his rise to stardom is no Hollywood fairytale. His biggest success is his role as chairman and CEO of Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization. While some may rest on these laurels, Lemonis’ unique vision and large ambition keep him looking forward. On The Profit, he lends his expertise while using his famous “three Ps” principle (People, Process, and Product) to help struggling businesses around the country.
Lemonis will lend his expertise to small business owners by teaching them how to drive results through collaborations, partnerships, and relationships.
Lend your voice - and your small business success story - to our new grassroots initiative. The Main Street Ambassadors Program is a initiative designed to help advocate our legislative priorities on Capitol Hill, while educating Members of Congress on the power of small business.
Before meeting with Members of Congress to advocate on the policy priorites that are important to your business and your bottom line, join the U.S. Chamber’s Congressional and Political teams for coffee and conversation on the current issues impacting small business.
You can also drop off your bags (they aren't allowed in House and Senate buildings) before your meetings on the Hill. U.S. Chamber staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
Hear directly from professional lobbyists on the "dos" and "don'ts" of meeting with Members of Congress. Get the inside scoop on how best to make your voice heard.
If you'd like to participate in our Main Street Ambassadors Program and meet with your congressional delegation, please indicate your interest when registering. Meetings will be scheduled on your behalf.