On Monday, June 10, small business leaders from across the country converged on Washington, D.C. as part of the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) annual Washington Presentation. Several GCP members serve on the NSBA Board, including acting NSBA Chair Sharon Toerek. The event featured a procurement and cybersecurity panel discussion, the annual Advocate of the Year Award luncheon, a White House briefing, a lobbying tutorial, the Congressional Breakfast and culminated with the small business owners hitting Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.
Following the White House briefing, NSBA provided a tutorial on the key issues for which the delegates were to lobby the following day on Capitol Hill. NSBA Vice Chair for Advocacy and GCP member, Mike Stanek of Berea, Ohio—a veteran of lobbying on Capitol Hill— gave attendees insight on how best to get their message across to lawmakers during their Hill visits.
On Tuesday, June 11, the NSBA delegation headed up to Capitol Hill early, kicking off the day on the Hill with a Congressional Breakfast where they heard from Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Garret Graves (R-La.), Dwight Evans (D-Penn.), and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.). The delegation was also joined by Naveen Parmar, the Policy Director/General Counsel for the House Small Business Committee majority staff and Meredith West, Staff Director for the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, majority staff.
For the remainder of the event, NSBA’s small business attendees spread out on Capitol Hill and met with lawmakers and their staffs. Among the various topics discussed, the NSBA delegation focused on free trade issues, cybersecurity, data privacy, taxes, reining-in health care costs, and improving small business contracting.