With a new Congress kicking off and the U.S. Census reporting record-breaking amounts of new small business applications, 2023 presents an opportunity for policymakers and thought leaders to support Main Streets across the country. As we continue to see economic growth, many business leaders are looking to aid the work that small businesses have undertaken to provide this boost.
At the forefront of shaping the small business policy landscape are five business leaders who represent a range of views:
- Erika Gonzalez, MD, Co-Chair of Small Business for America’s Future, who represents small businesses looking for a voice in policy.
- Keith Hall, President and CEO of the National Association of The Self Employed (NASE), who represents entrepreneurs and micro-businesses.
- Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, who represents small business owners and state and local business organizations.
- Chiling Tong, President and CEO of the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE), who represents Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) business owners.
- Candace Waterman, President and CEO of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), who represents women business owners.
I recently asked each of them to share their thoughts and predictions for the business sector as we head into 2023. I am grateful to all of them for taking the time, and below is a summary of their thoughts.