It was an honor to host Naperville City Councilwoman Patty Gustin at our Legislative Meeting on Monday, September 12, where she proclaimed September 12 to September 16, Chamber of Commerce Week in Naperville. We have a special role in this community to push for your interests, and we are humbled to be recognized for our efforts.
We heard from Mayor Steve Chirico at the General Membership Luncheon on August 22, that we can be most effective when we get involved early. Therefore, we are pushing to bring issues important to your business to your attention in a variety of ways.
Most importantly is the Legislative Committee where you have the opportunity to hear, discuss, and take a stand on regional, state, and federal issues for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. The programs are designed to be informative and productive, with decision makers talking candidly about their plans and goals. I encourage you to attend to make sure your voice can be heard early and often.
Legislative Committee meets on the second Monday of every month. You can always contact Kara Carpenter to register, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online on our Calendar of Events. Walk-ins are welcome as well.
Bring Small Business Back Tax Reform Act
If you were not able to make the most recent Legislative Committee, you missed a presentation from Randy Hultgren on his bill, HR5374, the Bring Small Business Back Tax Reform Act. Rep. Hultgren said he designed the bill to spur hiring growth and support small businesses as the engines of the economy.
The overwhelming message he received as he traveled the district was that small businesses needed certainty in taxation, less burdensome regulation and greater access to capital. So he wrote the bill to set a tax rate of 10% on the first $150,000 of revenue, and 20% on the first million in revenue. The bill also relieves administrative burdens and provides greater access to capital, including incentives for companies to reinvest back into their own organizations.
The bill is currently in committee, though Rep. Hultgren anticipated that it will see some movement in the first quarter of next year.
Yearly Basset Renewal
Another issue that percolated over the last two weeks was a request by Councilwoman Rebecca Boyd-Obarski before the Liquor Commission to consider yearly renewal of Basset certifications. She asked the Liquor Commission to consider that lawyers and other professionals must participate in ongoing recertification and training and that servers and restaurant managers should be treated similarly. She also noted that serving alcohol is a privilege that should be taken seriously.
The issue was proposed on Thursday, September 8. To pass, it would need to go through Liquor Commission first and then on to City Council. So there is some time before a final decision will be made, but the time is now to become engaged to achieve the outcome we need.
We have not seen a specific draft ordinance, but in an effort to stay ahead we’d like to hear from you. What affect would a yearly Basset Recertification have you on your business? Do you currently pay for employees’ Basset certifications and would that change under a yearly renewal? Do you have a proposal for a better mechanism to increase professionalism and responsibility among alcohol servers? What other experience have you had with Basset Certification? I’d like to hear from you, email@example.com.