Coalition Letter to President Trump on Authorizing a White House Conference on Small Business

By at 13 February, 2017, 5:32 pm

The Coalition for the White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB)

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500


Dear President Trump,

We are writing to respectfully request that you sign an Executive Order authorizing the next White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB) which has not taken place in over two decades. That is far too long to go without giving voice and a forum to America’s small businesses which account for 99 percent of U.S. private sector employers and 64 percent of net new private sector jobs.

The WHCSB was a series of three conferences that occurred in 1980, 1986, and 1995. They were convened by Presidents Jimmy Carter (originating by Executive Order 12091), Ronald Reagan (originating from Congressional authorization of P.L. 98-276) and Bill Clinton (originating from Congressional authorization P.L. 101-409) in an effort to foster better relationships with the business community, Congress and the White House to develop innovative policy solutions to economic problems. President Carter and President Clinton presented the 1980 and 1995 Conference’s keynote addresses, respectively.

All three Conferences shared similar organizational formats and activities performed, with differences generated in process and outcomes. To their credit, each of the three Conferences issued 60 policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration to consider. In addition, the 1995 Conference delegates elected regional implementation teams that worked closely with Small Business Administration (SBA) officials in monitoring congressional and executive branch action on the 1995 Conference’s recommendations after the Conference had ended. The SBA attributed much of the 1995 Conference’s implementation “success rate” to the efforts of these implementation teams.

A critical piece to the success of the WHCSB is the utilization of state conferences to ensure broad and equitable representation of the very diverse small-business community. Through the state conferences, which feed into the regional conferences and then into the national conference, small business owners can develop, enhance and fully embrace the key issues facing small businesses nationwide. In addition to building consensus, growing small business networks and nurturing future small business leaders, the state conferences and broad participation of small businesses lend credibility to addressing issues and the final list of recommendations.

We encourage your administration to reunite the wide variety of voices within the small business community, by hosting the next WHCSB, to help educate Congress and the White House on issues that matter most to small businesses. Just as in 1995, which was when the last WHCSB occurred, we can leverage the collective strength and voice of small business, to make it easier to do business with the federal government, create jobs and prosperity for our country.


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American Franchisee Association

American Moving & Storage Association

American Rental Association

American Subcontractors Association


Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Association of Mature American Citizens

Association of Women’s Business Centers

Auto Care Association

Building Service Contractors Association International

Business Coalition for Fair Competition


Global Cold Chain Alliance

HARDI – Heating Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International

Health Agents for America

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Electrical Contractors

Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association

International Hearing Society

Land Improvement Contractors of America


Minority Business RoundTable

National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

National Association of Women Business Owners

National Electrical Contractors Association

National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association

National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association

National Office Products Alliance

National Pest Management Association

National Small Business Association

National Small Business Network

National Society of Professional Surveyors

National Veteran Small Business Coalition

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies

Office Furniture Dealers Alliance

Petroleum Marketers Association of America

Precious Metals Association of North America

Promotional Products Association International

Saturation Mailers Coalition

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association

Service Station Dealers of American and Allied Trades

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Small Business Council of America

Small Business Investor Alliance

Small Business Legislative Council

Society of American Florists

Specialty Equipment Market Association

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association

Textile Care Allied Trades Association

Tire Industry Association

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