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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell will be keynote speakers at this year’s Small Business Day at the Capitol, presented on Tuesday, Feb. 11, by the state office of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The event will be from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Ave.
NFIB/Tennessee is the state’s largest small-business association, with over 8,000 dues-paying members representing a cross section of the state’s economy.
House Speaker Beth Harwell is expected to express strong support of HJR 548 (Rep. Dennis Powers-Jacksboro). The resolution would authorize Tennessee to participate in a limited convention of the states to propose a balanced budget amendment.
Twenty states have already done so, with 34 required to call such a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution; 38 states then must ratify any consensus proposal.
“Congress has the authority to propose a balanced budget amendment, but obviously we’re not anywhere near critical mass for that to happen. NFIB members are encouraging the states to act before the tsunami of debt and lack of entitlement reform inundates free enterprise,” said NFIB/Tennessee State Director Jim Brown.
Small Business Day is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small-business owners to network, learn more about what’s happening in the General Assembly and speak out about the issues affecting them, their employees and their businesses.
In addition to Ramsey and Harwell, this year’s agenda includes a panel of Tennessee journalists discussing key issues affecting the state’s small-business owners and a preview of the 2014 and 2016 elections by Democratic political strategist John Rowley and Republican strategist Chip Saltsman.
The cost to attend Small Business Day is $35 per person and includes lunch. Space is limited. To learn more or to register, contact Member Support Manager Sarah Waters at sarah.waters@NFIB.org or 615-872-5331.