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About The Small Business Legislative Council

Who We Are

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) is an independent, permanent coalition of trade and professional associations that share a common concern for the future of small business and privately owned business. The purpose of SBLC is twofold: First, to consolidate the strength and maximize the influence of business on Federal legislative and regulatory policy issues of importance to the entire small business community; second, to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small business. 

Since its creation in 1976, the SBLC has grown dramatically to represent nearly every sector of our economy including manufacturing, retailing, distribution, professional and technical services, agriculture, transportation, tourism, and construction. The SBLC is a unified force that is respected throughout the government. The SBLC’s views are sought and its opinions are valued by those in government who must decide how the laws of this nation are enacted and enforced.

What We Do

Advocate for Small and Privately Owned Businesses in Washington, D.C. on a wide range of matters including taxes, liability insurance, budget, antitrust enforcement, employment issues, government procurement, access to capital, environment, immigration issues, infrastructure, venture capital, small business financing mechanisms and more. Any issue of importance to small business and privately owned business in general is important to SBLC.


Educate and Consult with Policy Makers about issues important to small and privately owned business and the impact of existing and proposed policies on those businesses by testifying at Congressional hearings, meeting directly with members of Congress, agencies, and their staffs, and preparing issue papers.


Monitor and Act on Legislative and Administrative Developments as they happen to ensure that our members’ interests are protected and the voice of small and privately owned business is heard.


Report Back to Our Member Organizations with detailed information and analysis of recent developments that our members can share with and use to educate their own members.


Serve as a Unified Voice for Small Business by consolidating and utilizing the strengths and connections of our member to promote the interests of small and privately owned business.

2024 SBLC Officers

Chair– Jim Johnson,
National Electrical Manufacturers
Representatives Association

Immediate Past Chair– Mike Oscar,
American Subcontractors Association

Chair-Elect– Eric Snyder,
Specialty Equipment Market Association

Treasurer– Jason Blake,
Petroleum Equipment Institute

Secretary– Marco Giamberardino,
National Electrical Contractors Association

Strategic Policy Director– Matthew Morgan,
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

General Counsel– Barbara Dunn,
Barnes & Thornburg LLP


SBLC Members

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

Alexandria, VA- 8,000 Members

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED)

Schaumburg, IL- 940 Members

America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Burke, VA- 1,000 Members

American Subcontractors Association (ASA)

Alexandria, VA- 3,500 Members

Energy Marketers of America (EMA)

Washington, DC- 48 Members

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

Washington, DC- 50,000 Members

Marine Retailers Association of Americas (MRAA)

Minneapolis, MN- 540 Members

National Association Electrical Distributors (NAED)

St. Louis, MO- 662 Members

North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM)

Chicago, IL- 500 Members

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

Chicago, IL- 500 Members

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

Washington, DC- 4,000 Members

National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA)

Carmel, IN- 500 Members

National Grocers Association (NGA)

Washington, DC- 9,500 Members

National Marine Distributors Association(NMDA)

Knoxville, TN- 132 Members

National Wooden Pallet & Container Association(NWPCA)

Alexandria, VA- 800 Members

Outdoor Power Equipment & Engine Service Association(OPEESA)

Knoxville, TN- 75 Members

Petroleum Equipment Institute(PEI)

Tulsa, OK- 1,600 Members

Saturation Mailers’ Coalition (SMC)

Minneapolis, MN- 25 Members

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA)

Peachtree City, GA- 90 Members

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Diamond Bar, CA- 7,000 Members

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI)

Arlington, VA- 245Members

Tire Industry Association (TIA)

Bowie, MD- 14,000 Members