Here we are at the White House on our last day of this world wind adventure. To kick off Day 3 we received a welcome from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama with a video address from Silvia Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Then we got a chance to interact with other members of the Obama Administration from Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Seth Hanlon, Special Assistant for Economic Policy, National Economic Council; and Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers to Joe Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
During this half day session at the White House we obtained insider information of what was coming through the pipeline from the Trade Agreement, Taxes, and The Economy to The Climate Change all of which was of great interest to us as business owners. Later, we were able to ask specific questions surrounding policies as well as discuss other matters that concerned us. One suggestion came from a Southern California business owner concerning energy efficient products. It was suggested that there should be a federal credit issued for using energy efficient products. As we all know that if something like this would become a federal law we would then be able to create a more green, healthy and sustainable environment for future generations.
As the session is ending and we head back to Google-you will hear more about them in Series 7 which is our last series-John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority closed out the three day Summit. Let me say that as one of the Top 100 business owners that received this special invitation we obtained a lot of perks during our three days in Washington, D.C. from meeting other business owners from other States, interacting with members of the Obama Administration and having Google as the Title Sponsor to not only being the voice for other businesses but getting our own voices heard.
I have been asked constantly did we get a chance to personally meet President Obama and First Lady during our time in D.C.; unfortunately we did not, but despite not having this occur this was still a great opportunity for all of us. If you are interested in finding out more about the Small Business Majority click here. If you missed any of the Summit Series you still have time to catch up: Small Business Leadership Summit Mixer (Series 1), Access to Capital (Series 2), Technology and Minority Entrepreneurship (Series 3), Taxes and the Economy (Series 4) and Chat with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (Series 5).
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