Our speaker for the October 2nd meeting with be Gary Smith, Executive Director of the Redmond-based Independent Business Association. IBA is the largest broad-based small business organization based in Washington State, helping over 4200 small business owners. IBA publishes the monthly Small Business Report sent to IBA members across Washington State as well as a number of special reports on specific issues affecting small businesses.
Gary is an expert on small businesses and the regulations with which they are burdened. He has lobbied on behalf of small businesses for over 45 years. On a national level, he attended the 1980 White House Conference on Small Business and attended the President’s signing of the Regulatory Flexibility Act for Small Businesses. In Washington State, he has been an expert on the Governor’s state Small Business Conference for government regulations and convinced Governor Gregoire to issue an Executive Order to stop imposing new regulations on small businesses in 2010. Gary has been a speaker on government regulations for Washington Policy Center’s Small Business Issues conference. He has an outstanding show-and-tell on the regulations small businesses in Washington State must comply with.
At the October meeting, we will also receive campaign updates from several Republican legislative candidates.
Eastside Republican Club’s monthly meetings are held at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue; click here for location information and directions. Monthly meetings cost $20 per person and include a light buffet. Food and networking are at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting.