Forging a Legacy of Partnership and Prosperity

At NACC, we are Your Resource and Your Advocate for Our Community. We take this mission to heart, aiming to be an integral part of your success story. We are committed to being the voice for your business, ensuring your needs and concerns are addressed at the municipal, state, and federal levels. 

Recently, Nadine Scodro, our Government Affairs Manager, and I, in collaboration with Beth Goncher of Chamber 630 and Matt Shipley from our Business Works Committee, traveled to Washington D.C. to represent NACC and our Business Community. 

Our objective was to advocate for you, our Members. We had in-depth dialogues with members of Congress and their dedicated staff. Collectively we discussed many topics including upcoming legislation and the ongoing fortification of relationships, enabling us to serve as a direct link between Congress and our local business community. This proactive stance allows our businesses to center on growth and innovation, while we handle the intricacies of government on their behalf. 

While we cherish and maintain robust relationships in our home district, being present in the nation’s capital sends a powerful message about our dedication. It also gives us the invaluable opportunity to engage with the legislative staff who shape the policies affecting our businesses daily.  We are immensely grateful to Representative Darin LaHood, Representative Bill Foster, and Representative Sean Casten and their staff for their undivided attention, especially given the rapidly changing dynamics surrounding the Speaker of the House race.  

This year’s visit underscored the importance of being present, and proactive, concentrating on policies, while continuing to strengthen ongoing relationships. That’s why, every Spring, NACC travels to Springfield, to meet with our Illinois State elected officials. Following productive discussions, we’re planning to make our Washington D.C. trip an annual tradition. We extend our gratitude to the U.S. Chamber for hosting us at their offices for bespoke briefings: 

– Federal Legislative Update & Political Outlook 
Jack Howard, Senior Vice President of Strategic Advocacy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

– Small Business Update 
Tom Sullivan, Vice President of Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

– Workforce Update 
Allison Dembeck, Vice President of Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

If you would like to learn more about the NACC’s advocacy efforts, visit our website and consider joining our Business Works Committee. Your insight, experience, and voice can make a significant impact, both locally and nationally. 

Together, we’re not just building a network; we’re forging a legacy of partnership and prosperity in Naperville. Join us in this journey. Your business is our priority, and your success is our mission. 

Business Forward 

Kaylin Risvold  

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