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RE: APB Gives the Feds Feedback on Policies

Washington, D.C – Andre P. Bryan, President, of APB & Associates, Inc. was one of 100 small business leaders from across the country were selected to convene in Washington D.C. to discuss pressing issues facing small businesses during the Small Business Leadership Summit from May 11-13, 2015. This inaugural event was hosted by the Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, in order to give small enterprises an opportunity to interact with policymakers; issue experts; and senior members of the Obama Administration to identify and discuss policies that will help small businesses. It was founded and run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses today. During the three-day Summit small business owners heard directly from Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and others about key policies impacting the small business community.

Bryan found many synergies between the Summit and his company’s philosophy and enthusiastically participated in several roundtable discussions around legislative policies and gave input on how those policies impact small business owners from his perspective. According to Bryan, “Small businesses are greatly impacted by decisions that come out of Washington, D.C. APB not only works with major corporations to right-size and manage their supply chains, we also work with federal legislators to help shape policies that will give small businesses like ours a fair shake. Our interests range not only from the federal legislative standpoint but include policy initiatives that impact access to capital, globalization compliance issues, and tax implications for small businesses. I made some valuable connections and came away from the event re-energized.”

The three-day Summit culminated in a visit to the White House giving the entrepreneurs another chance to hear directly from top policy advisers to the President and to continue sharing the challenges that affect their business and their profits. “My main concerns focus on access to capital, tax reform, workforce issues, and barriers to technology,” responded Bryan when asked what he felt was most important to him as a small business owner.

APB & Associates, Inc. is a management consulting and technical training firm that specializes in professional services for supply chain management and is dedicated to providing its clients with cost-effective solutions designed to complete regional and global supply chain projects on time and within budget. Established in 2004, this minority, veteran-owned firm also provides clients with independent third-party ISO Audits, Lean and continuous improvement, professional project management, strategic sourcing, risk management, and supplier validation services to ensure quality control. APB has offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, D.C, and Charlotte, N.C.

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