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          Why Join the Chamber: Political Action

          Christina R. Green,

         Few businesses have enough of a budget   tion, and other business concerns.   cally. The chamber acts as a bridge
         to warrant a personal lobbyist to speak on   Whenever possible we invite our mem-  between education and employment in
         their behalf at the state capital and in   bers to networking events that help   ensuring the two sides understand
         Washington, D.C. but it’s those exact small   them meet and engage with elected offi-  what one another needs and they get
         voices that need the representation. How   cials and candidates in order for their   the necessary help to continue to
         do you ensure your business is represented   voice to be heard on a more personal   make our community attractive to
         when it needs to be without keeping a full-  level outside of our advocacy efforts.   employers and all sizes of business.
         time lobbyist or                                                          Sometimes this takes the form of leg-
         legislative assistant                                                            islation and mandating re-
         on board?                                                                        quirements.
         You join the cham-                                                               Advocating on Healthcare
         ber.                                                                             Issues Too
         But what exactly                                                                 When you think about pro-
         are they doing for                                                               business, you might not con-
         you and how are                                                                  sider healthcare in the mix
         they representing                                                                but it’s a big part of creating
         your business?                                                                   an attractive business envi-
         Here are a few                                                                   ronment. The chamber is
         things that you                                                                  keeping an eye on healthcare
         should know.                                                                     related legislation as well. We
         Shaping the Fu-                                                                  also watch things like Work-
         ture of Business                                                                 ers’ Compensation costs.
         Your local chamber is using its voice at the  Creates Business-Friendly Environ-  Advocating for the Legislative
         local, state, and federal level to support   ments                        Agenda
         pro-business initiatives. They give input on   Another reason why pro-business candi-  In addition to keeping an eye on
         bills, support the election and re-election   dates are important is their abilities to   what’s going on locally, at the state
         of candidates that are pro-business, and   make our community a more attractive   level, and in DC, we create our own
         rally against legislation that would hurt   place to live and work. These office   legislative agenda with issues that are
         business.                             holders and agencies work hard to at-  important to our members. While we
         Tackling the Tough Issues             tract new business and ensure our com-  advocate for all businesses in our town
                                                                                   and look to create a pro-business envi-
         Pro-business forces were part of the rea-  munity has the skilled employees and   ronment, it is our members whose
         son that the Overtime Ruling was placed   pro-business climate that attracts lucra-  voice gets heard the loudest by partici-
         on hold. Yes, the ultimate say came to a   tive tax-paying organizations.   pating in our legislative agenda and
         Federal judge placing a temporary injunc-  Assessing Today’s Workforce and   helping us define out top advocacy
         tion on it, but the U.S. Chamber of Com-  Preparing for Tomorrow’s        priorities.
         merce and other business organizations   In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau made it
         had voiced their concerns about what that   official that Gen Y now outnumbers the   If you feel like Washington and the
         would mean for small businesses across   Baby Boomer generation. As the Boom-  state level just aren’t hearing you or
         the nation.                           ers continue to retire, it is essential that   you’re concerned with a local issue,
                                                                                   the best way to get your voice heard is
         Educating Voters                      we look to the needs of business in our   through the advocacy efforts of the
         The chamber supports pro-business candi-  community and ensure that the younger   chamber. We can provide an extraor-
         dates, when applicable, and often hosts   generation has access to the training   dinarily loud megaphone.
         Get to Know the Candidate nights so that   they need to be competitive in today’s
         the electorate can make an informed deci-  professional environment. The chamber
         sion. These events are usually free to the   meets with business development agen-
         public and may offer some rare opportuni-  cies and heads of business to ensure this
         ties to explore how each candidate feels   happens.
         about issues such as minimum wage, taxa- We cannot expect it to happen organi-
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