2016 America’s Small Business Summit & The latino Coalition Small Business Summit

Small Business Summit Agenda
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

7:30am – 8:15am


U.S. Chamber Briefing Center


Breakfast & Registration  
8:15am- 9:00am


U.S. Chamber
Briefing Center


Opening Session                

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Hector Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition
  • Congressman Will Hurd (R-23rd TX)
  • House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Jennie Carreon, Director Government Relations, AltaMed – “Creating a More Equal California a Special Report on Girls”
  • Gary Acosta, Co-Founder & CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
9:00am- 10:00am

U.S. Chamber
Briefing Center


It’s Not What You Make: It’s What you Get to Keep
Strategies for Navigating the Current Regulatory Environment

An in-depth discussion about the current regulatory climate at the federal level, and how new and proposed regulations could impact your business.

Moderator:  Tom Sullivan, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

  • Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage
  • Marc Freedman, Executive Director of Labor Law Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Layman, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, International Franchise Association
10:00am – 11:00am 

U.S. Chamber
Briefing Center


In Business, You Reap What You Sow
Trends and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Have You Considered Expanding Your Business Portfolio? What are the current trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to diversify their business portfolio?  This panel will feature business leaders who can provide you with the knowledge and insights needed to seize an array of exciting opportunities.

  • Adolfo Franco, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer and Counsel, Direct Selling Association (DSA)
  • Lourdes Martin-Rosa, American Express OPEN Advisor in Government Contracting
  • Matthew Haller, SVP, Media Relations & Public Affairs, International Franchise Association
  • Felicia Watson, Senior Counsel, National Association of Home Builders


11:00am –12:00pm


U.S. Chamber
Briefing Center


Rev Up Your Business With the Tools of Today…and Tomorrow
The Technology You Need, Now

The difference between success and failure in the modern business world often comes down to using technology to your advantage. Discover new small-business tech solutions that will improve efficiency and help boost productivity while saving time and money.

Moderator:  Andre Arbeleaz, President, Hispanic IT Executive Council

  • Phyllis Meyer, Area Vice President- National Customers, Dun & Bradstreet
  • Jackie Puente, Executive Director for External Affairs, Comcast
  • Mark Reed, Director, State and Local Government Affairs, Intuit
  • Jennifer Bernal, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Inc.
12:00pm – 1:30pm


U.S. Chamber
Hall of Flags


Is it the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?
The State of Hispanic Small Business

  • Honorable Ambassador Carlos Sada – Mexico
  • Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez (D-38-CA)
  • Jennifer Spall, Director, Political Programs, Walmart
  • Hyacinth Vassell, Director, Inner City Capital Connections Program
2:15pm – 4:00pm


Senate Dirksen
Room 50*

Who Cares What Happens in Washington? We Do.
What the Changes in the Political Landscape May Mean for Your Business

The political forces we have seen in play during this election year are unprecedented. While the next president and Congress will likely have a profound impact on the business landscape, in this session we will examine the current legislative proposals that may become law in this new political environment, and what impact they may have on business growth and job creation. Meet Key Leaders from Congress who will highlight these current efforts and discuss what may happen in the future.

Co-hosted by the Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs


  • Angela Maria Arboleda, Vice President Government and Community Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition
  • Mike Cano, CEO, Latino Digital Solutions- TLC Voter Survey “The Rising American Electorate: Latinos and the 2016 Elections”

Members of Congress:

  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  • Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-28th TX)
  • Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10)

Sponsored by: Herbalife Nutrition

5:00pm – 7:00 pm

210 Cannon House Office Building*

Closing Reception 

To Our Health!
A Toast to the Health and Growth of Your Business

 We are pleased to have two members of Congress, who are also physicians, to close out this year’s TLC Small business summit. They will offer their diagnosis of the condition of the country and their prescriptions for economic growth and job creation.

  • Congressman Tom Price, M,D, (R- 6th GA)
  • Congressman Joe Heck, D.O. (R-3rd NV)
  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-26th, FL)

 Sponsored by: Tributo Tequila