U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Southwest & South Central Region

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Southwest & South Central Region The Southwest & South Central Regional Office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce oversees the congressional & public affairs for 8 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As the voice of business, the Chamber’s core purpose is to fight for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world. The mission of the Southwest & South Central Regional Office is to develop and maintain the region’s legislative, political and grassroots resources for the achievement of the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals.

Today we announce a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity...
06/03/2020
U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity

Today we announce a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship and criminal justice reform.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform.

The moment Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications were open for the self-employed and sole proprietor small busi...
06/01/2020
PPP Funds Reach Self-Employed, Small Businesses with Help of FinTech Lenders

The moment Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications were open for the self-employed and sole proprietor small businesses, Krystal Douglas, owner of Music City Sewing in Nashville, had her paperwork ready. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Douglas was dressing Grammy-winners and rock stars, but with live music events cancelled for the foreseeable future, her entire sewing business of creating custom stage costumes and backdrops had come to a sudden halt.

The moment Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications were open fortheself-employed and sole proprietorsmall businesses,Krystal Douglas, owner ofMusic City Sewingin Nashville,had her paperwork rea…

The coronavirus is placing a huge strain on hospitals, doctors, and nurses. While some states are beginning to see a pla...
06/01/2020
Why Intellectual Property Protection Matters in the Time of Coronavirus

The coronavirus is placing a huge strain on hospitals, doctors, and nurses. While some states are beginning to see a plateau or decline in cases, others have yet to be hit with the full force of this terrible pandemic. Meanwhile, its economic impact is proving to be relentless and wide ranging.

Strong intellectual property protections will be important as private industry and government work together to find a cure for COVID-19.

As the United States and other countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, shortages of some medical products, like pers...
05/19/2020
Safeguarding the U.S. Supply of Medicines and Medical Products

As the United States and other countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, shortages of some medical products, like personal protective equipment (PPE), have led to renewed calls for “Buy American” rules and other measures to “reshore” supply chains. Let’s be very clear: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is laser-focused on making the United States the best place in the world to invest, manufacture, hire, and do business. Before, during, and after the pandemic, we are working around the clock to strengthen American industry here at home.

Shortages of some medical products have led to renewed calls for "Buy American" rules – here's why that isn't the solution.

New data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that business owners face big challenges as they begin to think about...
05/15/2020
As States Ease Restrictions, Business Owners Are Concerned About Demand and Liability

New data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that business owners face big challenges as they begin to think about how to reopen—and in some states, actually begin to implement those plans. Thirty-six governors have moved to at least a limited reopening plan, and business owners say they are most concerned about lack of demand, and the possibility that they could be sued if safety guidelines are not followed properly or an employee or customer is exposed to the virus.

New data from the U.S. Chamber reveals that business owners are concerned about lack of demand and liability issues amid reopening.

Americans have filed more than 36 million unemployment claims since the beginning of March amid the coronavirus pandemic...
05/14/2020
Analysis: These 10 States Have Seen the Highest Share of their Workforce File for Unemployment Amid COVID-19

Americans have filed more than 36 million unemployment claims since the beginning of March amid the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic fallout. While no state has been spared, the downturn has hit some states particularly hard. New analysis produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows that the following 10 states have seen the largest percentage of their workforces file unemployment claims since the beginning of March, using their total February workforce as a baseline.

New analysis shows that the following 10 states have seen the largest percentage of their workforce file unemployment claims since March.

April’s unemployment numbers are bad. Historically bad.The coronavirus crisis drove payroll jobs down by 20.5 million. T...
05/08/2020
How Devastating are the Unemployment Numbers? Here’s a Sector Breakdown.

April’s unemployment numbers are bad. Historically bad.
The coronavirus crisis drove payroll jobs down by 20.5 million. Total employment plunged 22.4 million, 14.4% down from the March total of 155.8 million. And this contraction does not include the approximately 7.7 million whom the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported were counted as employed even though they were absent from work for the entire survey reference week but not counted as furloughed.

The coronavirus crisis drove payroll jobs down by 20.5 million in April.

During the coronavirus pandemic, technological innovation has progressed on an expedited timeline to meet new and emergi...
05/07/2020
How Innovation is Accelerating to Meet Coronavirus Challenges

During the coronavirus pandemic, technological innovation has progressed on an expedited timeline to meet new and emerging challenges, according to industry leaders at a recent virtual event hosted by the Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC). Here are five ways that technological innovation is accelerating to meet the crisis:

Technological innovation has progressed on an expedited timeline to meet new and emerging challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched an interactive map with state-specific information to help business owners d...
05/06/2020
State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched an interactive map with state-specific information to help business owners distill and navigate different state-based public health guidelines as they begin to reopen in communities across the nation. The state-by-state map contains critical information for American businesses in 29 states where governors have begun to reopen local economies.

Across America, business leaders are restarting our nation’s economic engines and employees are returning to work. However, this process is taking place gradually and non-uniformly across the countr…

"Nearly half of small businesses in Texas are a member of their local chamber. As small businesses work to re-open their...
05/01/2020
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wants Congress to extend coronavirus funds to chambers of commerce

"Nearly half of small businesses in Texas are a member of their local chamber. As small businesses work to re-open their doors, they'll need access to the resources and tools offered by U.S. Chamber of Commerce," said Sen. Cruz in a statement. Thank you Senator Ted Cruz for supporting local chambers support small business!
#bizforgood #smallbusiness #americanbusiness

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz is calling for federal financial assistance to be made available to chambers of commerce, arguing that the thousands of...

Since the beginning of the pandemic, businesses across all sectors have played a significant role in helping individuals...
04/27/2020
Why Keeping Dividends Going in Tough Times Is the Right Call

Since the beginning of the pandemic, businesses across all sectors have played a significant role in helping individuals, communities, and other businesses get through these trying times. We recently highlighted a few examples of how the financial services industry is helping communities directly while ensuring their customers maintain access to the funding they need. At the same time, federal programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) are helping small and midsize companies to keep employees on their payroll while allowing customers to access essential products and services.

It's imperative that we ensure companies keep dividends flowing to their investors. Here's why.

A majority (71%) of cybersecurity professionals have reported an increase in security threats since the start of the vir...
04/24/2020
How to Protect Your Organization from Coronavirus Cybersecurity Threats

A majority (71%) of cybersecurity professionals have reported an increase in security threats since the start of the virus outbreak. Over half of these experts cited phishing attacks—fake emails sent from supposedly reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information—as the top threat. These experts said malicious websites (32%), malware (28%) and ransomware (19%) were other top threats.

As the world adapts to new ways of working amid COVID-19, we break down how to secure your company's data.

04/23/2020
Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to Grace Speese, Executive Director, Farmers Branch Chamber for sharing this inspirational video in support of small business. Chambers continue to lead the way in supporting their communities. Many thanks for your dedication and leadership during this extremely difficult time.
#bizforgood #smallbusiness #americanbusiness

To President Donald J. Trump, Government Officals of all levels, our City Officials, and Mayor Robert Dye:

Thank you for all you are doing to protect the health and safety of our nation and our community! Thank you for the support and hope you are providing. These are unprecedented times and difficult decisions to be made, please continue to protect The American Dream and small businesses.

With gratitude,
Farmers Branch, TX on behalf of Small Business, USA
#advocacy #theamericandream #shoplocal #shopsmall #chambermatters #membersmatter #communitymatters #farmersbranchtx #ourfutureisSTILLbright 😎
Video credit Trey Hernandez Media
Created and ads paid for by Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders and national economic downturn, our nation’s gig eco...
04/17/2020
How Gig Economy Companies are Stepping Up to Help Americans Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders and national economic downturn, our nation’s gig economy companies have become a fundamentally essential part of many Americans’ daily lives – and an economic lifeline for many others. Not only are companies like Instacart, Postmates, and Uber delivering food and groceries to those in isolation, they’re also stepping up to donate meals and rides to workers on the frontlines and granting funds to those in need.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders and national economic downturn, our nation’s gig economy companies have become a fundamentally essential part of many Americans’…

As you know, yesterday we launched the Save Small Business Initiative to bring together all the great work we are doing ...
04/17/2020
Save Small Business Initiative

As you know, yesterday we launched the Save Small Business Initiative to bring together all the great work we are doing across the Chamber to support small businesses. We need your help to advocate for this critical funding for small businesses. We have organized a national #SaveSmallBusiness Day of Action for TODAY (Friday), and we hope you will join the chorus on social media.
#SaveSmallBusiness

023972_comm-save-small-business-initiative-2020_headertype-treatments_all-proxima-nova_vsm5.png Small business owners across America are fighting to keep their workers employed and their dreams alive. Amid the pandemic and the economic fallout, too many already have shuttered, and millions more are....

Our Global Innovation Policy Center has 10 helpful tips to shopping safe during COVID-19.
04/16/2020
10 Tips to Shop Safe Online During COVID-19

Our Global Innovation Policy Center has 10 helpful tips to shopping safe during COVID-19.

Here are 10 tips for shopping online safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it comes to the scourge of the global COVID-19 pandemic, not even the world’s most robust trade partnerships are im...
04/15/2020
Success in Fighting COVID-19 Depends on U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Essential Industries

When it comes to the scourge of the global COVID-19 pandemic, not even the world’s most robust trade partnerships are immune. 2019 was a banner year for U.S.-Mexico trade as the two countries exchanged nearly $700 billion in goods and services. Last year also saw Mexico become the U.S.’s largest commercial partner, topping Canada and China.

The U.S. and Mexico should work immediately to align as closely as possible around the CISA guidance to keep supply chains in tact.

After we issued our U.S. Chamber-MetLife Small Business Poll late last week, we looked deeper in the data for any alarmi...
04/09/2020
Small Businesses with 5 to 99 Employees Most Vulnerable to Permanently Closing, Poll Shows

After we issued our U.S. Chamber-MetLife Small Business Poll late last week, we looked deeper in the data for any alarming trends to highlight as small businesses struggle with economic fallout caused by the coronavirus. Beyond the main finding that a quarter of all small business owners estimate they have anywhere from less than a month to one-to-two months to operate without shutting down permanently, we found a datapoint that is highly relevant and disturbing.

These firms account for more than one-third of all firms in the United States and employ more than a quarter of America’s workforce.

Main Street businesses are the economic engine of our economy and like any engine they need fuel. The financial industry...
04/08/2020
How America’s Financial Sector is Supporting Customers and Communities in the Time of Coronavirus

Main Street businesses are the economic engine of our economy and like any engine they need fuel. The financial industry quickly realized funding would be a challenge and stepped in to provide funding and relief to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
#smallbusiness #bizforgood #americanbusiness

Learn how the financial industry is stepping in to provide funding and relief to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

Grappling with a global shortage of masks and respirators — the personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects doctor...
04/06/2020
How Cutting Off U.S.-Canada Trade Will Hurt, Not Help, the Fight Against the Coronavirus

Grappling with a global shortage of masks and respirators — the personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects doctors, nurses, and others tending to those stricken by the novel Coronavirus — the administration moved on Friday to bar the export of these products. While the intent is understandable, the unintended consequences could be costly.

The U.S.-Canada trade relationship offers a snapshot of how our international commerce is helping pandemic response in a host of ways.

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that one in four small businesses (24%) say they are tw...
04/03/2020
New Poll Says 1 in 4 Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that one in four small businesses (24%) say they are two months or less from closing permanently amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. One in 10 (11%) say they are less than one month away from permanently going out of business.
#Bizforgood #americanbusiness #smallbusiness

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber found 43% of small businesses say they are 3-6 months away from permanently shutting down.

Thank you J.J. Hollie, Pres/CEO, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and his great team for supporting local business...
04/03/2020
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Nebular Films Create Video to Show Support to Community and Local Businesses

Thank you J.J. Hollie, Pres/CEO, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and his great team for supporting local businesses with this inspirational video. Local chambers are leading to make a difference in their communities and we thank you! We will get through this together.
#americanbusiness #bizforgood #smallbusiness

THE WOODLANDS, TX (April 2, 2020) — The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and Nebular Films created a video displaying the power of a community joining together to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The challenge we face today has been both unexpected and devastating, in the for...

Last week a $2 trillion stimulus package giving aid to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak was signed int...
04/01/2020
How to Access Stimulus Funding for Your Small Business

Last week a $2 trillion stimulus package giving aid to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak was signed into law. Wondering what this means for your business? Unsure how to apply for a loan? Read on. U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley joined Inc. Editor-at-Large Kimberly Weisul for a virtual National Small Business Town Hall on Friday to explain it all. We recapped some of Bradley’s advice below.
#americanbusiness #bizforgood

FAQs on the SBA's Payroll Protection Program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authori...
03/31/2020
Supreme Court: Allen V. Cooper and Intellectual Property Rights

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authority to revoke the sovereign immunity of states from copyright infringement lawsuits. While the result is disappointing and problematic in its practical effect, the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) also sees some positive aspects to the decision and the concurrence of Justices Breyer and Ginsburg.

Last week,the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authority to revoke the sovereign immunity of states from copyright infringement lawsu…

03/28/2020
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Congress just approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses — and borrowers who maintain or restore their payrolls won’t have to pay back the loans. Want to know how to apply? Check out the easy, step-by-step Small Business Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide here.
#americanbusiness #bizforgood

Small businesses producing everything from lip gloss to fuel cells have pivoted their entire operations in just days to ...
03/27/2020
How 10 Small Businesses are Fighting Coronavirus in Creative Ways

Small businesses producing everything from lip gloss to fuel cells have pivoted their entire operations in just days to produce all types of personal protective equipment. Read how these agile companies are creating new products—or turning up the dial on their everyday efforts—to do their part.
#americanbusiness #bizforgood

U.S. small businesses are pivoting their operations to produce all types of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At this time of crisis, the United States and Europe should be the leading drivers of a global response to the mounting ...
03/26/2020
Transatlantic Ties that Bind: We Must Continue to Lead

At this time of crisis, the United States and Europe should be the leading drivers of a global response to the mounting health and economic challenges. As the world’s two largest and most open markets, the U.S. and Europe are uniquely positioned to demonstrate collective leadership at this critical moment by ensuring that goods needed for the pandemic response can flow unimpeded and by keeping essential services running. Working together will strengthen our economic partnership and rebuff mounting pressures to pull up the drawbridges and focus inward.
#Americanbusiness

During this health crisis, the U.S. and Europe should be leading the global response to mounting health and economic challenges.

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