Thaddeus Swanek

Senior Writer and Editor, Strategic Communications

Thaddeus is a senior writer and editor with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's strategic communications team.

Latest Content


How Backstage Capital is Helping Under-Represented Founders Access Venture Capital   

A lack of funding for minority, women, and LGBTQ founders is a missed opportunity job seekers, communities, and the overall economy.

The Path Forward: Coronavirus Surge in India and School Reopening Successes in the US

This event focused on the American business community’s response to the devastating surge of coronavirus in India and school reopenings.

At GIPC’s Innovation Ecosystem Event, Innovators and Creators Share Importance of Intellectual Property

The GIPC's Innovation Ecosystems Event Keynote Session – “The Common Thread" focused on how innovation ecosystems foster innovation.

D.C. Hummus Restaurant Pairs Sustainable Ingredients with Revamped Business Model for Pandemic Success

Little Sesame pulled through the pandemic thanks to fast changes to its operations, and prioritizing sustainability and community service.

New Report Reveals Improving Intellectual Property Protections Worldwide

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its ninth annual Intellectual Property (IP) Index, revealing IP protection improved worldwide.

How One Company is Revolutionizing the Clothing Industry’s Waste Streams

Many may view the waste streams generated by the clothing industry as a purely environmental problem, but one business sees it differently.

The Path Forward: Washington State Beats Back Virus with Public-Private Partnerships

U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined Washington Gov. Inslee to discuss the state's coronavirus vaccine plan.

U.S. Chamber Celebrates Employees Who Embody Our Shared Purpose

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual Shared Purpose Awards to honor colleagues who embody our shared values.

U.S. Chamber Expands ‘Rally for Recovery’ Initiative as Part of Campaign to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Rally for Recovery Commitment, asking employers to take 3 steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

The Path Forward: Same, Tested Methods Work Against New COVID Variants

U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined two renowned public health experts in a conversation about coronavirus mutations.

The Path Forward: West Virginia Governor Shares Secrets to Vaccination Success

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice spoke about the success the state has had in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.

5 Trends to Watch in 2021 from the MetLife and U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Index

We've compiled the top economic trends small business owners should watch in 2021. Check them out here.

Infrastructure and Workforce Development Are Key to Rebuilding America

Check out the key takeaways from our Policy Power Hour: Spotlight on Washington on Jan. 14, 2021.

The State of American Business: How to Revitalize America’s Global Leadership

Here are the key takeaways from the U.S. Chamber's Policy Power Hour: America's Global Competitiveness on Jan. 13, 2021.

The Path Forward: Operation Warp Speed Leader Sees Vaccine Distribution for Essential Workers, Elderly Starting Next Week

The latest on Operation Warp Speed from General Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production and distribution for the program.

The Path Forward: Industry and Government Leaders Discuss Vaccine Distribution

Government and the private sector will be vital to the successful distribution of the vaccine to the American public.

Small Business Owners Still Feel Pain of Pandemic and Fear More to Come

Small businesses anticipate the worst of the pandemic is still ahead according to the Q4 2020 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (SBI). The poll, released this week, also finds that half (50%) of small businesses see operating for a year or less in the current business climate before having to permanently close.

The Path Forward: CDC Director Says Masks are Powerful Tool for Combating Virus

U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield discuss the state of the pandemic on Path Forward.

Addressing Opportunity Gaps for Minority-Owned Businesses Through Increasing Access to Capital and Credit

Read the key takeaways from our fireside chat with Sen. Tim Scott on ways to close the opportunity gaps for minority-owned businesses.

The Big Winners in the 2020 Election: Democracy, Bipartisanship, and Business

If last night’s election shows anything, it’s that the American democratic process is alive and well.

Now+Next Series Looks at Potential for Cybersecurity Legislation This Fall and Beyond

Experts discuss the potential impacts of cybersecurity legislation leading up to the election.

New Study Shows Commercial Construction Industry Has Guarded Optimism About Future

We break down the results of the Q3 Commercial Construction Index.

As Gridlock Persists in Washington, Small Businesses Count the Rising Cost of Inaction

It is now September and with no additional aid in sight from Congress, small businesses across the country are bracing for tough choices.

Poll Shows Small Business Recovery Losing Steam Amid Concerns over COVID Resurgence

Our small business impact poll with MetLife sheds more light on the state of the American business community amid the pandemic.

Cybersecurity Insurance Comes of Age to Combat Growing Threats

We break down cybersecurity insurance, the market-based solution mitigating the impact of cybercrime, improving the security of businesses.

U.S. Chamber Study Shows Commercial Construction Industry Poised For Recovery After Covid-19

The Q2 2020 Commercial Construction Index reveals a drop in contractors’ confidence and outlook for their industry amid COVID-19.

Poll Shows Most Small Businesses at Least Partially Open Amid COVID-19 Recovery

The latest Small Business Coronavirus Impact poll indicates guarded optimism among American entrepreneurs.

New Poll Says 1 in 4 Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber found 43% of small businesses say they are 3-6 months away from permanently shutting down.

Business Panel Tackles Workforce Skills Gap, Tariffs, and Immigration

U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark sits down with American business owners to discuss the workforce skills gap, immigration, and tariffs.

Survey Finds Nearly Half of Fortune 500 Companies Remain Concerned About Tariffs

Tariffs continue to be a concern for close to half of Fortune 500 companies. Find out why.

US Chamber Commercial Construction Survey Drops to Lowest Level Since 2017

The Q4 2019 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction reports a six point decline in contractor confidence levels.

Small Business Owners Report Record Confidence in Latest US Chamber Survey

American small businesses report record-high confidence despite economic uncertainty and looming trade wars.

How a Veteran-Turned-Entrepreneur is Helping Those Who Served — And How You Can Too

Army Veteran Brynt Parmeter explains how his business, Call Sign Coffee, is able to help support veteran communities by selling coffee.

US Chamber Backs More Consistent Environmental, Social Reporting from Corporations

Check out the U.S. Chamber's best practices for companies looking to share their environmental and social efforts through ESG disclosures.

US Chamber’s Project GO Promotes Corporate Board Diversity with Real-World Solutions

The U.S. Chamber's recently launched Project GO, an initiative that advances corporate solutions to pressing societal challenges.

Hackable Dolls, Tea Kettles, and Watches Take Star Turn at Cyber Summit

Every device connected to the internet is a potential entry point for hackers, botnets, and malicious code.

New Survey Shows Record Optimism in Commercial Construction

The commercial construction industry is showing record highs of optimism regarding revenues, profits and continued robust workloads.

Small Business Index Hits Record High Amid Mixed Economic Signals

Small businesses are experiencing record-high outlooks of their own business health and the general business environment.

Small Business Owners’ Economic Outlook Rebounds, While Complexity of Health Care Poses Challenge

The increase in the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index matches the largest increase in economic confidence since 2017.

Millennial-Owned and Minority-Owned Companies Fueling Small Business Hiring Plans

Let's dig below the headlines of the most recent MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index.

These 3 Construction Industry Myths Create Challenges Recruiting Workers, New Data Shows

The Q1 2019 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index is at 72.

'Never Give Up!': Lessons and Learnings from Four Highly Successful Women Entrepreneurs

They shared some of the secrets to their success at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series event in Houston, TX.