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Local business leaders are among the most trusted voices in America.

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With the help of more than 60 of America’s most respected companies, Business Forward is making it easier for more than 250,000 business leaders from across America to advise Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate our economy. Business Forward is active in over 125 cities and has worked with more than 650 mayors, governors, members of Congress, and senior Administration officials.

Business leaders who have participated in our briefings have seen their suggestions implemented in the Affordable Care Act, the JOBS Act, the Clean Power Plan, the Toxic Substances Control Act, presidential budgets, and three trade agreements. Many have also shared their recommendations with their representatives in Congress and through phone calls, op-eds, and interviews with local media. Ninety-eight out of 100 business leaders who have participated in a Business Forward briefing would be interested in participating in another one.


Making the Business Case

When a business leader calls for action, it’s “news”—and Americans, hungry for leadership, are listening. By focusing on the economic costs and benefits of key reforms, business leaders can build the kind of broad community support that can end gridlock.


We Help You Fix Washington By Bringing Washington to You

Because you have a business to run, it can be hard to stay involved in the issues – even the ones that matter most to you, your business, and your community. That’s why Business Forward organizes briefings in more than 125 cities and conference calls that you can attend from your desk. Briefings are short, interactive, and free.

To date, more than 650 mayors, governors, members of Congress, and senior Administration officials have participated in our briefings. We’ve also briefed two presidents.


Help for Business Leaders Who Want to Do More

Some of the business leaders who participate in our briefings want their advice to go further. They publish op-eds, work with local media, write Congress, submit testimony, or help organize Washington fly-ins. We provide research support, alert you to public comment periods and Congressional testimony opportunities, conduct media trainings, and can help you identify local media covering your issue.

We also promote your recommendations with the general public, through research reports, earned media, events, and conferences.


You’re Not Alone

One business leader, acting alone, is unlikely to make a difference. But thousands of business leaders, working together, are hard to ignore. With a network of more than 250,000 local business leaders, we already work with hundreds of business leaders in your congressional district and thousands in your media market. You pick the issues you care about, and you always speak for yourself, but you’re never out there alone.