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The Small Business Roundtable (SBR), the premier coalition of leading small business and entrepreneurship organizations of which NAWBO National is a member, recently hosted a special luncheon in Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of small business in America and address and analyze policy issues most important to small business owners based on the results of a new post-election poll conducted by SBR. The luncheon, attended by NAWBO’s Vice President of External Affairs Joy Lutes, featured remarks from policy makers, including 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. SBR also unveiled the results of its first post-election small business poll comprised of responses from the members of the six SBR member organizations and invited leaders of SBR to participate in a panel discussion.

The following are the poll’s key results:

  • Health care is the number one concern of small business owners—31 percent of respondents listed health care as the policy issue they most want addressed in the new Congress. 
  • When it comes to tax reform, 50 percent of respondents believe the new Congress will hurt their small business.
  • 43 percent 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.

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. 

 

NAWBO National’s Joy Lutes represents the voice of women business owners at the Small Business Roundtable event.

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