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Small Business Summit

Small businesses make up 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, but the pandemic has forced about one-third of them to temporarily or permanently close. To stay afloat, many small businesses have had to find new, alternate ways to reach consumers across the globe, including shifting from brick-and-mortar retail to increased online engagement.

From finding skilled talent to navigating the shifting landscape of federal assistance, what are the factors that can help small businesses grow and thrive? With e-commerce spending up more than 30 percent in 2020, what is the future outlook of digital retail? And what lessons have been learned from the pandemic that could influence future policy?

The Hill will convene policymakers, small business owners, and economic experts for a deep dive into modern small businesses and what the future holds for business owners across America.

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Bands starting at 1:00PM ET/10:00AM PT


Session One:

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM ET

Session Two: 

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM ET

View the full agenda here



  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chair, Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Rep. Young Kim (R-CA), Ranking Member, Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development
  • Jessica Johnson-Cope, Chair, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices; President, Johnson Security Bureau
  • Frank Lavin, CEO & Founder, Export Now; former Ambassador to Singapore & Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade
  • Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, Small Business Administration
  • Necia Boston, Founder, BAABS Beauty Bar
  • C. Nicole Orr, Co-owner, A&C Pack and Ship
  • Amy Paulose, President, AMES International 
  • Ian Siegel, CEO & Co-founder, ZipRecruiter
  • Ania Smith, CEO, TaskRabbit

Sponsor Perspective: 

  • Michael Evans, President, Alibaba Group


  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


Join the conversation! Tweet us using: @TheHillEvents and #TheHillSmallBiz




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