2017 State of American Business Address

We will soon convene a series of regional growth summits across the nation in partnership with state, metro, and local chambers of commerce. At these summits, it will be the small businesses, the entrepreneurs, and the local employers who will do the talking. We’ll do the listening.–U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue, in his 2017 State of American Business Address

The annual Chamber State of American Business Address was made Wednesday, January 11, and Chamber President Thomas Donahue focused on, among other things, economic growth. With the incoming administration in Washington, Donohue stressed the importance of transforming America from a low-growth economy to a high-growth economy. This effort will be underpinned by:

  • Reforming regulations
  • Producing more energy
  • Modernizing infrastructure
  • Overhauling the tax code
  • Expanding trade
  • Educating and training an exceptional workforce

The Chamber believes that Americans have sent a clear message, "that not all the wisdom resides in Washington or in New York or in big government, big media, or even in big business." That's why the Chamber is committed to listening to Main Street Businesses, and especially small businesses, and presenting what they hear to government leaders. This, Donohue asserted, will be a key strategy for growing the economy through support of the people who really hold up that economy. 

You can read the complete transcript of Donohue's address here, download the text here, or watch the full address below: