The MAHCC, a multistate chamber of commerce, is a recognized and respected voice in the Mid-Atlantic region. It serves as an advocate for the business community in five states and the District of Columbia and steadily maintains a pro-business and pro-jobs posture in critical areas like transportation, education, government procurement, education, literacy in English, taxation, and healthcare, among others. It is the Chamber's responsibility to ensure that our meember businesses have a voice in the legislative process.
To that end, the Legislative Committee chaired by Andre Pineda, Esq., works with regional business leaders to identify critical trends and to make sure Chamber members are represented in the halls of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress as regulations are drafted and bills are debated. As a regional chamber we are uniquely positioned to access councils of government from local to regional to state to national levels. In doing so, we give voice to the concerns and needs of small business owners, particularly women, veterans, Hispanic and other minority businesses, and for a healthy business environment which directly impacts on our quality of life and fiscally responsible economic, workforce, and community development. Therefore, it is in the vey best interest of chamber members and business owners to directly interact with government officials by attending legislative receptions.
During these receptions, our chamber members have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with legislators and staff leaders who work on issues important to our membership. In a relaxed and congenial setting, Chamber members can interact with other business leaders and elected officials. By expressing our members' ideas and concerns, we exert a potentially significant and favorable impact on the development of laws and policies that affect our business communities.
Moreover, interacting in such events also provides business owners with opportunities to learn what the plans are for upcoming legislative sessions and to express their interests and viewpoints as business leaders. Attendance demonstrates that we are engaged in the political process and enhances our visibility among legislators and elected officials. In the course of friendly conversations, we convey the message that we expect them to be responsive to our legitimate needs in order to build and sustain a favorable business climate, one that benefits economic development and the communities they serve, and that we hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.