Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) Selects New President
Effective January 1, 2014, Paula Calimafde, Esq. has been named President and General Counsel of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), succeeding John Satagaj who has retired after serving 37 years at the helm. SBLC is an independent, permanent coalition of 60 diverse national trade and professional associations whose goal is to maximize the advocacy and presence of small business on Federal legislative and regulatory policy issues, and to disseminate information on the impact of public policy on small businesses. “The power of the SBLC is a function of the power of its individual trade association members all coming together for a common goal,” said Ms. Calimafde, “we are able to listen to and communicate with thousands and thousands of small businesses throughout the country, gain their prospective and insights and let them know what’s going on in Washington that can affect them for good or bad.”
Ms. Calimafde has served on the SBLC’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years and is a past chair. Ms. Calimafde is also the chair of the Small Business Council of America (SBCA), a non-profit organization representing the interests of privately-owned
small businesses in the areas of Federal tax, retirement, healthcare, and employee benefits. Ms. Calimafde is active on the Hill and has testified on multiple occasions before Congressional committees. She is a principal with the law firm, Paley Rothman,
Bethesda, MD, where she chairs the firm’s Retirement Plans, Employee Benefits, and Government Relations practice groups and is a senior member of the firm’s Tax and Corporate practice groups.
Ms. Calimafde will spearhead the SBLC’s information and advocacy efforts to achieve positive change in Washington for its members. The SBLC Board of Directors has identified tax reform, health care implementation and regulatory reform and oversight, as the Council’s top priorities for 2014. The SBLC wants to ensure that small business is not unnecessarily burdened by new legislation, regulations or singled out for additional
taxes in 2014. As in years past, the SBLC will also continue to work on infrastructure and immigration issues in light of the significant impact that these issues have on small businesses.