The NFIBOhio Area Action Council (AAC) program consists of 21 groups of active members who meet quarterly to discuss the matters most impacting their business. The chairman and vice-chairman (fellow NFIB members) of the respective AACs assist in developing the agenda and inviting members. Utilizing a chair and vice-chair provides for a meeting tailored towards the issues most important to the individual regions.
Each meeting has a featured guest who is either a member of the NFIBOhio staff, a statewide elected official, an Ohio Congressman, a member of the Ohio General Assembly, or an NFIB-endorsed candidate. Member attendees are given direct access to their elected officials, which provides a unique opportunity to have their voices heard. Meeting with constituents impacted by government policies and regulations provides elected officials an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by small business owners. It’s also affordable, the only cost involved to the members is that of the meal.
The first quarter of 2016 saw meetings featuring Ohio
Attorney General Mike DeWine. AG DeWine visited with members in 9 Area Action Councils across
the state. His focus was on the impact drugs have on hiring practices as well
as workforce development. Members were able to question DeWine about what is
being done to control the heroin epidemic sweeping the state.
Quarter two is upon us and we are in the early stages of planning meetings with Ohio Congressional elected officials. To date, we have meetings planned with Congressman Chabot (Cincinnati AAC) as well as Congressman Joyce (Lake/Geauga AAC). Earlier this month, we had a roundtable discussion featuring US Senator Rob Portman (NW & SE Columbus AACs) and NFIB CEO and President Juanita Duggan. Senator Portman discussed federal regulations, tax code, and the unique perspective he has as a congressman who is also a small business owner.
Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for an invitation to the AAC nearest to you.