Invite Your Member of Congress to Take the Small Business Challenge

Date: June 03, 2014

NFIB’s Small Business Challenge is a national campaign that invites lawmakers to spend a day "on the job" at a small business in their community and allows them to experience firsthand the challenges small-business owners face, including day-to-day management, compliance, and tax issues. We hope that once they participate in the challenge, lawmakers are better able grasp the true impact that their decisions in Washington, D.C, have on job creators back home. 

Most recently, Texas Senator John Cornyn spent the day working with Re-Bath of Austin to install a new bathroom for a constituent.

“These events present a unique opportunity for NFIB members to have a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their businesses,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “Our members want to know that their elected representatives truly understand the needs of small-business owners and will fight for policies that will have a positive impact on their work and quality of life.”

Several other Congressional members have also stepped up to take the Small Business Challenge. One was U.S. Rep. and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, who spent the day with NFIB member Ray Ice of Kern Door Co. in Bakersfield, Calif. McCarthy started the day with a roundtable discussion with local small-business owners who voiced their concerns about overregulation, Obamacare and the need for tax reform. He then traveled off-site with a Kern technician to install a garage door opener for a customer.

“It is a great opportunity to understand [small businesses’] struggles and to actually fight for them,” McCarthy said in a video about his Small Business Challenge experience. “I think all members of Congress should get out and listen to small business.”

Members of Congress Who Have Taken NFIB's Small Business Challenge

• Sen. John Cornyn (Texas)

• Sen. Mike Enzi (Wy.)

• Rep. Lou Barletta (Pa.)

• Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.)

• Rep. Chris Gibson (N.Y.)

• Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Va.)

• Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.)

• Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.)

• Rep. Scott Perry (Pa.)

• Rep. Keith Rothfus (Pa.)

• Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.)

Check out photos from our Challenge events across the country.

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“It is a great opportunity to understand [small businesses’] struggles and to actually fight for them,” -- House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy

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