Newton: It’s been an eventful summer. Here’s what you might have missed.
For it being a year in between sessions, we have still had an eventful summer.
The 2016 NFIB DC Fly-In on June 21st through 23rd saw over 120 attendees come together for meetings with political pundits, small business owners, and United States senators and congressmen. Texas had the third largest contingent with 12 NFIB member activists taking the small business message to Capitol Hill. The two-day event began with the Leadership Trust dinner and tours of Mount Vernon in Virginia, George and Martha Washington’s residence and farms. On the 22nd we hosted a breakfast and a guest speaker for attendees that culminated in a reception and tours of the NFIB headquarters where members could visit with NFIB staff from all departments.
On the 23rd we hosted an early breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club and heard from Congressman and longtime NFIB member Buddy Carter (Ga.). Congressman Carter spoke about the current state of affairs inside the beltway and spoke to the importance of the small business community coming together to meet with the policy makers in DC and the state legislatures. After breakfast the members broke off to their meetings with lawmakers on the Hill culminating with a meeting with Senator John Cornyn in his very historic offices of the Senate Majority Whip, his current position in the US Senate.
After the morning meetings member reconvened for lunch at the Capitol Hill Club and a presentation of our NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation winners by the YEF Chairman and Texas’ very own Kurt Summers, Austin Generator Services. Additionally, I met with the NFIB sales team in Gonzales, TX as they kicked off their one week conference that you will read about in this newsletter. Please be sure to vote in your Federal ballot, this is how we are able to convey the small business voice at the state and national Capitols.
NFIB/Texas Executive Director