Jul 14, 2017 - 10:00am

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on the Power of Free Enterprise

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 importance of free enterprise in the country today.

Yannick Greiner, Director of International Sales of Rugged Liner in Owosso, Michigan


Michael Tillman, Cheif Commercial Officer for Rain CII Carbon in Covington, Louisiana


Patricia Owen, Owner of Faces DaySpa in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


Don Begneaud, Owner of BEGNEAUD Manufacturing in Lafayette, Louisiana


Shawn Still, President and CEO of Olympic Pool Plastering and Shotcrete in Norcross, Georgia

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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.