Many small businesses don’t realize the influence local and state chambers can have on government and policy. Here at the U.S. Chamber, we visit with local chambers every day that are in Washington, DC to share their concerns with lawmakers. Your elected officials recognize that chambers play an important role in advocating for their members, the business community, and the overall community. You should make sure your small businesses see this too.
Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions:
- If your chamber doesn’t have staff responsible for government affairs, consider asking members to volunteer to build this role for the chamber.
- Organize a delegation of small businesses to meet with your local and state elected officials.
- Consider organizing a trip to Washington, DC to receive a U.S. Chamber Fly-In Policy Briefing and meet with your delegates in Congress.
- Develop a legislative priorities outline for your chamber to demonstrate that you understand the needs of the community and are taking steps on its behalf.
- Attend local government meetings, review proposed legislation, and issue comments in response.
- Consider building a Free Enterprise Network* in partnership with the U.S. Chamber to get the word out to your members (*open to eligible U.S. Chamber members).
Bottom line? Encourage your small businesses to strengthen the collective voice of the business community through chamber membership.