Cary, IL, May 5, 2015 (Newswire.com) - Kerri Barber of Kerri Barber Consulting, a marketing communications and benefits service provider supporting small businesses, will be among 100 small business owners attending this year’s Small Business Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from May 11-13, 2015.
This summit, hosted by small business advocacy organization Small Business Majority, will provide a unique opportunity for Kerri Barber Consulting and other small businesses to interact with key policymakers, including SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), senior members of the Obama Administration and issue experts to identify policy recommendations to help move the needle on important small business issues.
"Voicing our needs and concerns directly to policymakers and other experts is a critical step in getting Washington to pay attention to the small business community..."
Kerri Barber, Principal Consultant
“Being chosen as one of the 100 small business owners to attend this year’s summit allows me a unique opportunity to discuss important issues facing my business and those of my small business clients,” said Kerri Barber, Principal Consultant for Kerri Barber Consulting. “Voicing our needs and concerns directly to policymakers and other experts is a critical step in getting Washington to pay attention to the small business community. I am honored to represent McHenry County and North West Chicago at this year’s summit. I will proudly bring our small business concerns to the table to advocate on behalf of our hardworking entrepreneurs and innovators.”
With its theme “Shaping the Future of the American Economy,” the summit will feature panel discussions, keynote speeches, interactive workshops and presentations by industry experts and successful entrepreneurs. A private evening reception hosted by Google at its Washington, D.C. headquarters will feature presentations of the “2015 Small Business Awards.” The summit concludes with a half-day visit to the White House during which small business owners will have an opportunity to engage directly with senior members of the Obama Administration. The day will be capped off with a technology training program at Google.
Following the summit, policy recommendations identified will be incorporated into Small Business Majority’s policy platform, The Small Business Economic Agenda for 2015-16, and will be shared with decision makers to elevate issues of importance to small business owners.
“This summit will allow small business owners to engage directly with policymakers in D.C. to discuss the issues shaping our economy and identify pragmatic policy recommendations to help them thrive,” said John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority. “We’ll hear from real entrepreneurs — from all walks of life and all areas of the country, about the issues affecting their business and their bottom lines, and work with policymakers to advance legislation that will bolster small business and remove their barriers to success.”
The Summit will focus on top-line issues of importance to small business, including but not limited to:
- Access to capital and how to ensure small businesses obtain capital necessary to grow and strengthen their firms in a responsible and sustainable manner
- Tax policy to spur small business/economic growth while leveling the playing field and ensuring fairness
- Critical workforce issues impacting small businesses today such as health care, minimum wage family medical leave and retirement savings
- Technology and how small businesses can adopt and learn new solutions to old challenges
- The effect of freelancers on the economy and how the U.S. can update policies that address the needs of this new workforce
For media interviews with Small Business Majority please contact Kelsey Bye at (202) 289-0957.
For inquiries about Kerri Barber please contact Kerri Barber Consulting at (224) 829-8991.
Kerri Barber Consulting (www.kerribarber.com) is a full service firm dedicated to supporting small businesses with expertise in brand management, marketing communications and employee benefit services.