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Small Business Policy Priorities in 2019- SBM Business Leader Briefing Q1

Monday, January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm • Organized By Small Business Majority
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This is a webinar hosted by the Small Business Majority featuring Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and Gerardo Bonilla, Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the House Small Business Committee, to discuss key small business policy issues for 2019. 
Following remarks from Senator Cardin and Gerardo Bonilla, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer will provide analysis and discuss topics including:

  • How the government shutdown is impacting small businesses
  • What the new Congress means for action on small business policies this year
  • Small Business Majority’s policy agenda for 2019

A question and answer period will follow.

Please note this call is not for press purposes.

About Small Business Majority
Small Business Majority was founded and is run by small business owners to ensure America’s entrepreneurs are a key part of a thriving and inclusive economy. We actively engage small business owners and policymakers in support of commonsense public policy solutions, and deliver information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a sustainable, job-creating economy. We regularly engage our network of more than 58,000 small business owners and 1,000 business organizations from our nine offices in seven states and Washington, D.C. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about key issues impacting small businesses and freelancers, including access to capital, healthcare, retirement, taxes, paid leave and other workforce issues. 

About the presenters

Senator Ben Cardin
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First elected to the Senate in 2006, Senator Cardin currently serves as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee.

A member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee since arriving in the Senate, Senator Cardin was responsible for the extension of increased guarantees and reduced fees in the Small Business Administration's two largest loan programs during the financial crisis to jump-start small business lending. He has been working to find better ways to increase access to affordable financing and contracts for qualified small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially for women, minority and veteran-owned businesses. He consistently is urging federal agencies to take all steps possible to meet or exceed their modest small business contracting goals. 

John Arensmeyer- President and CEO of Small Business Majority
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John Arensmeyer has used his long experience as a business owner to build Small Business Majority into a nationally recognized small business organization and the leading advocate for critical public policy issues facing America’s entrepreneurs—particularly healthcare, access to capital, taxes, retirement/asset building, and numerous workforce issues. The organization is focused on empowering America's entrepreneurs to build a thriving and inclusive economy. In the past few years, John has spearheaded the growth of Small Business Majority’s Entrepreneurship Program, providing critical practical resources to our nation’s 28 million small businesses.

Gerardo Bonilla- Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the House Small Business Committee
Gerardo Bonilla- Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the House Small Business Committee Image
Gerardo Bonilla is the Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the House Small Business Committee – Majority Staff. Here, he manages all economic policy-related matters, including healthcare, taxes, immigration, and retirement. Prior to joining the House Small Business Committee, Gerardo was Senior Policy Analyst for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). At the JEC he worked on various economic policy issues, including consumer markets and protections; banking and financial services; and economic inequality.

Gerardo has several years of policy analysis and implementation experience at various levels of government, including legislative research and policy creation at the Senate Small Business Committee; implementing campaign strategies across the state of Minnesota; and analyzing economic development policy at the Minneapolis City Council. He is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Fellow ('11-'12) alumni and former Minnesota Chicano Latino Affairs Council, Representative.
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