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Every two years, NSBA brings together small-business leaders from across the country at the Small Business Congress to discuss and develop a small-business agenda for the upcoming session of Congress. Participants will network with some of America’s most active small-business leaders, discuss and debate key small-business issues and hear from policy insiders on what’s likely to happen in Congress on the top issues facing your small business.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to be at the forefront of small-business policy and take an active role in crafting the small-business agenda.

We are ready to convene Small Business Congress 2023!  

Make Your Small Business Voice BIG in Washington. 

Join Us for SBC 2023 | REGISTER HERE

Small Business Congress 2023 

Hotel Washington | 515 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 - 8, 2023

WORKING AGENDA 

 

Registration | 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Meet us at the Hotel Washington: 515 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004, NSBA's headquarters for SBC 2023 both Tuesday and Wednesday. 

 

Welcome & Opening Ceremony | 9:00 - 9:15 

Issue Panel 1 - Economic Development | 9:15 - 10:30 

This session will take an in-depth look at the state of financing for small business, innovation & technology, federal contracting and global trade; and the policies in these areas that should and need to be addressed by Congress. 

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Issue Panel 2 - Taxation | 10:45 - 11:45 

Our tax session will explore the various expiring tax credits and deductions, enhanced IRS enforcement, overall tax burden and complexity, and how lawmakers and regulators can help small business. 

 

Luncheon (Keynotes) | 12:00 - 1:30 

During our luncheon, you'll hear from top policymakers on the key issues facing your business, then be part of a fireside chat with NSBA President Todd McCracken and leading journalists on the economics beat to see where we are and where we're going. 

 

Issue Panel 3 - Environment & Regulatory Affairs | 1:45 - 2:45 

Our experts will talk big picture issues and help identify targeted solutions for small businesses dealing with burdensome regulations, energy prices & environmental rules. 

 

Issue Panel 4 - Health & Human Resources | 2:45 - 3:45 

Next, we'll be rolling up our sleeves to discuss health insurance, retirement, labor issues and worforce to identify the most important steps policymakers can take to make hiring and keeping employees a reality. 

Concurrent Sessions | 4:00 - 5:00 

Become an Advocate for Your Small Business | In this Lobbying 101 session, you will learn about the key decision-makers for small-business policy in Washington, D.C., how to engage with those leaders and build lasting relationships that will impact your business.  

 

The Digital Frontier | Hear from digital experts on how you can keep abreast the constantly changing landscape of doing business online. COVID forced us all to take giant leaps in IT utilization - learn how you can keep the growth going. 

 

Doing Business with the Federal Government | The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world - learn the basics of doing business with the government and the resources available to you to get your foot in the door.  

Reception | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Work hard, play harder, and don't miss the invaluable opportunity to network with small business leaders and policymakers from coast-to-coast. 

Check back here for the latest, and register for SBC 2023 today!

2021
Small Business
Congress

Despite being in the height of the pandemic, NSBA held its biennial Small Business Congress virtually over three weeks in January and February 2021. We hosted six issue-focused sessions which lead up to the final grand forum where we discussed, debated and voted on NSBA’s top issues.  Participants heard from Biden Administration officials, Members of Congress, a host of policy experts, and small-business thought leaders about what to expect in the coming months and years, ultimately voting on NSBA’s priorities for the coming two years. 

Taxation 

NSBA kicked off the Congress with a Tax Policy webinar on Feb. 9, 2021, led by Malcolm Prouty, the NSBA Chair for Taxation, featuring Brian Reardon from S Corporation Association and Garrett Watson from the Tax Foundation on the panel.  During the webinar, panelists discussed tax reform, including alternatives to the current tax code, such as The Fair Tax; the impact of Covid-19 on the national debt; self-employment tax on health care; and the interstate sales tax.

Capital Access

On Feb. 17, Todd McCracken and Marilyn Landis, NSBA’s Past Chair, moderated a webinar on Access to Capital and Economic Development. The panel included Renee Johnson from Public Private Strategies, Sam Graziano from Fundation, and David R. Burton from the Heritage Foundation. Our panelists discussed the importance of improving access to credit for small businesses, SBA lending, the issues surrounding crowdfunding, the importance of small business contracting, and the need to invest in American infrastructure

Regulatory Policy

On Feb. 16, Bill Belknap, the NSBA Chair of Environment & Regulatory Affairs moderated the session featuring Thomas Sullivan from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and David R. Burton from the Heritage Foundation. Our panelists discussed OSHA regulations, tort reform, beneficial ownership laws, regulatory reform and paperwork reduction, as well as the issues of growing partisanship and political disfunction and the importance of strengthening the SBA Office of Advocacy.

NSBA Small Business Congress 2021-22

NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization. Every two years, at the start of a new session of Congress, we hold our biennial Small Business Congress where members gather, discuss the top issues facing their business, and vote on the priority issues for NSBA for the coming two years. 

Labor & Employment 

On Feb. 10, NSBA held a leadership issue discussion webinar on Labor and Employment, moderated by Robert Shea, the NSBA Chair for Health and Human Resources. The panelists, Marc Freedman from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Josh Ulman from Ulman Public Policy, discussed issues, including minimum wage, pension reform, fair union elections, paid family leave, immigration reform, flexible scheduling, and trained workforce. 

Health Care

On Feb. 11, NSBA’s leadership turned to Health Care, led by policy expert Gary Kushner, NSBA’s Past Chair.  During the roundtable discussion, participants heard from Tom Wildsmith from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Dan Jones from Alliance of Community Health Plans. Our experts discussed a variety of health care issues affecting the small business community, including medical liability reform, and the rising costs of healthcare.

Technology & Trade

On Feb. 18, NSBA discussed Trade and Technology in a webinar moderated by Marilyn Wilson Lund, NSBA’s Chair of Economic Development. Diana Doukas from Facebook and Karen Kerrigan from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council discussed the issues of cybersecurity and financial protection, the need for national data privacy regulation, and the importance of net neutrality.  The session also touched in the importance of strengthening federal innovation programs and the benefits of free trade agreements.

The Small Business Congress culminated in a final event on Feb. 23, with the goal of coming together to collaborate on ideas in order to inform legislators and policy makers on the realities of the small business experience.

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