May 12, 2017 - 10:30am

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Regulatory Reform

Executive Director, Communications & Strategy

During the first 100 days of this year, we embarked on a small business listening tour around the country. As part of #LetsGrow campaign, we visited entrepreneurs in their hometowns, sat down with small business owners during their visits to Washington, and listened to job creators during roundtables and congressional hearings to hear what they had to say.

Our objective is simple: we want to find out what barriers are holding back today’s small businesses from growth and what we can do to help send Washington a message. While we heard about an array of issues, one core message kept shining through: growing the economy must be our nation’s top priority.

Along the way, we heard from more than 100 small business owners from all across the country. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing their voices in this postcard series. Click on the postcards below to see what five Main Street business owners had to say to Washington about the impact of overregulation on their companies and the importance of reforming the federal rulemaking process.

Bobby Patton, CEO of Patton Electronics in Gaithersburg, Maryland



John Donahue, President and CEO, DonahueFavret Contractors in Mandeville, Louisiana



Birge Sigety, CEO of Frogmore Fresh and Bison Investments in Tampa Florida



Patty Vanderpool, president and owner of EAP Lifestyle Management in Daphne, Alabama



Tony Kunkel, president and CEO of Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland



Check out the #LetsGrow homepage to hear from more small business owners.

We would love to hear from you, too. What could Washington do to help your company grow? Share your #LetsGrow message with us by clicking here or join the conversation on social media.

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J.D. Harrison
Executive Director, Communications & Strategy

J.D. Harrison is the Executive Director for Strategic Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.