USWCC Day on the Hill – A Big Success!

USWCC, in conjunction with its National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit, held a very successful Day on the Hill during which attendees visited with their Representative and two Senators and their staffs. Among the issues discussed were access to capital and federal contracts for small businesses, reform to the small business federal contracting program, the Healthy Families Act, and other issues that impact small businesses nationwide.

Hill Day

Attendees gather after their Hill visits to swap notes and discuss their meetings while completing their scorecards

Overall over 130 registered for Hill visits and they went to over 110 offices representing 24 states and the District of Columbia. They received several commitments to co-sponsor either the Healthy Families Act (H.R. 932/S. 497) and/or the Small Business Reform Act (H.R. 4341), along with the opportunity to educate legislators and their staffs about their companies, economic contribution to the congressional district and state, and general concerns of the small business community.

Following the Hill visits, registrants attended a very crowded reception during which the USWCC presented its Small Business awards to four companies in the categories of Emerging Star, Innovation & Performance, Growth Master and Stellar. We were delighted that three of the recipients were able to be presented with their awards from their Representatives.

Changeis Award

Margot Dorfman and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8) present the Innovation & Performance Award to Urvashi Malhotra, President of Changeis.

AEEC Award

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) presents the Stellar Award to Michael Ricco who stood in for Sangita Patil, President of American Environmental and Engineering Consultants (AEEC)

Anderson Burton Award

Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA-24) presents the Growth Master Award to Joni Anderson, President of Anderson Burton

Hill visits are critical to the success of the USWCC Advocacy campaign and we urge all our members to participate in future ones. We set up all your meetings and provide all your handouts - you just need to show up ready to influence lawmakers.

Also as part of the reception, USWCC CEO Margot Dorfman presented Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7) with an award in recognition for all the effective work and legislation that she has spearheaded on behalf of small businesses.

Velazquez Award

Margot Dorfman presents an award to Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7) in recognition of her work on behalf of small businesses nationwide.

The Congresswoman was also very complimentary of all the work done by USWCC and its members advocating on behalf of women-owned small businesses.

Velazquez Speaking

Rep. Velazquez acknowledges the work of USWCC and its members in accepting the award.

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