ASA Joins the SBLC on the Hill
This week, ASA joined the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC)’s first annual fly-in on Capitol Hill. ASA has been a long-standing member of the SBLC and Mike Oscar, our Government Relations Director, serves as the SBLC’s Chair for 2023. The SBLC is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations that share a common concern for the future of small business and privately owned business. The purpose of SBLC is twofold: First, to consolidate the strength and maximize the influence of business on Federal legislative and regulatory policy issues of importance to the entire small business community; second, to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small business.
Since its creation in 1976, the SBLC has grown dramatically to represent nearly every sector of our economy including manufacturing, retailing, distribution, professional and technical services, agriculture, transportation, tourism, and construction. The SBLC is a unified force that is respected throughout the government. The SBLC's views are sought, and its opinions are valued by those in government who must decide how the laws of this nation are enacted and enforced.
The SBLC advocates for a wide range of matters including taxes, liability insurance, budget, antitrust enforcement, employment issues, government procurement, access to capital, environment, immigration issues, infrastructure, venture capital, small business financing mechanisms and more. Any issue of importance to small business and privately owned business in general is important to SBLC.
Finally, the SBLC monitors and acts on legislative and administrative developments as they happen to ensure that their members' interests are protected, and the voice of small and privately owned business is heard. This week, the SBLC met with congressional staff and members of Congress on the House Ways and Means Committee, along with the Senate Banking and Finance Committee, highlighting our concerns on tax-related issues.