Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Trade

May 30, 2017 - 10:00am

Executive Director, Strategic Communications

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 trade and expanding export opportunities for American companies.

Lynn Cooper, President and CEO of BFW Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky


Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel in Baltimore, Maryland


Ted Vlamis, Vice President, International Division at Pioneer Balloon in Wichita, Kansas


Tim White, Co-Owner, TA White Farm in Lexington, Kentucky


Zachary R. Barry, International Sales Manager at Aladdin Light Lift in Huntsville, Alabama

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 and join the conversation on social media.

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About the Author

About the Author

J.D. Harrison
Executive Director, Strategic Communications

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