Main Street Matters: Jobs, Wages & the Small Business Economy

Small businesses are widely regarded as engines of growth fueling the US economy. Since the end of the most recent recession, these firms have led the field on job creation, accounting for 60 percent of new jobs. 

How can their entrepreneurship be better supported and what matters most to those who keep Main Street open for business?

During National Small Business Week, The Hill gathered key leaders of the House and Senate small business committees, business owners and leading economists for a conversation about job creation, wages and the kinds of policies that can help small firms thrive in the United States.


  • Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman, House Small Business Committee
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Doug Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
  • Gene Marks, Washington Post Small Business Columnist
  • Martin Mucci, President and CEO, Paychex
  • Angel Rich, Founder & CEO, The Wealth Factory
  • Andy Shallal, Founder, Busboys and Poets
  • Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy, Economic Policy Institute


  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Sylvan Lane, Staff Writer, The Hill

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