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Small Business Roundtable: NEW SMALL BUSINESS POLL RELEASED  AT ‘STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS’ LUNCHEON ON CAPITOL HILL

By at 15 November, 2018, 12:15 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

Featuring Special Guest Speakers Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Steve Chabot, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and Deputy Assistant to the President Stephen P. Munisteri

Washington, D.C. – Today the Small Business Roundtable (SBR), the premier coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations, hosted a special luncheon at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.  Members discussed the state of small business in America and addressed and analyzed the policy issues most important to small business owners based on the results of new post-election polling conducted by SBR. The luncheon featured remarks from special guests, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison and Deputy Assistant to the President Stephen P. Munisteri.

In addition to remarks from policy leaders, SBR unveiled the results of the first post-election small business poll which was comprised of responses from the members of the six SBR member organizations. Key results include:

● Healthcare is the #1 concern of small business owners – 31% of respondents listed healthcare as the policy issue they most want addressed in the new Congress

● When it comes to tax reform, 50% of respondents believe the new Congress will hurt their small business

● 43% of respondents believe the results of the midterm election will have a significant impact on how Congress operates

A panel discussion on the results followed, featuring leaders of SBR.

On behalf of the SBR Leaders, Chairman Karen Kerrigan (president & CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council) issued the following joint statement:

SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan serves as Chair of the Small Business Roundtable.

“We are proud of the advocacy efforts of the Small Business Roundtable. Our work has helped to strengthen the small business community and empower small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.  Our collective efforts must continue, however, as the small business agenda can easily be overlooked or neglected given the array of influential players seeking to prioritize and advance their issues. The new Congress is a new opportunity to make additional policy gains for small businesses. We look forward to working with all Members of the 116th Congress to improve the ecosystem for entrepreneurship, and help them better understand the policy agenda for small business owners and the issues they face.”

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ABOUT SBR (www.smallbusinessroundtable.org): The Small Business Roundtable (SBR) is a coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations, dedicated to advancing policy, securing access, and promoting inclusion to benefit the businesses at the heart of the American economy.

CONTACT: Christina Kanmaz christina@smallbusinessroundtable.org 

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