My CEA: CEA Small Business Members to Lobby Key Issues on Capitol Hill
One of the often-overlooked yet critically important benefits of membership in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is government affairs. While the professional advocacy team at CEA works tirelessly to protect members’ business interests at the federal and state level, it’s the grassroots efforts of the members themselves that really make a difference in Washington.
Each spring, CEA small business members convene in the nation’s capital to lobby on behalf of themselves and the CE industry. On June 12, CEA’s Small Business Council (SBC) members will be on the Hill meeting with members of Congress and their staff to discuss critical legislative issues facing small businesses.
As constituents, association members have a great deal of influence over their legislators. “The importance of a member of Congress hearing directly from a business owner on how legislation is impacting their business cannot be understated,” says Michael Petricone, CEA’s vice president of legislative affairs. “Your voice is an important part in the political process. I’d encourage anyone who is interested in taking part in Lobby Day to sign up today.”
While participants will discuss any number of issues affecting their businesses, here is a look at three of the top issues CEA is covering on behalf of the entire industry this year:
Immigrants are integral to America’s growth, job creation and competitiveness in the global marketplace. Those with advanced degrees actually boost job opportunities for U.S. citizens because they are more likely to start businesses here.
What’s more, the U.S. is projected to face a shortfall of 230,000 qualified advanced-degree workers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 2018, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. Getting a world-class education in the U.S. is easy, yet for many foreign-born entrepreneurs, staying here isn’t. Consequently, many foreign economies flourish from America’s flawed immigration policies.
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