Five Small-Business Advocates You Need in Your Rolodex

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BENNIE L. THAYER

President and CEO, National Association for the Self-Employed, Washington

RESUME: Chairman, National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises, Washington, 1981-83; chairman and executive director, National Alliance of Franchisees, Washington, 1984-85; executive director, National Alliance of Franchisees and Dealers, Washington, 1986-87; president and chief executive officer, Diversified Concepts Inc., Washington, 1985-91; chairman and chief executive officer, Lightcom International Inc., Washington, 1992-present; president and chief executive officer, National Association for the Self-Employed, Washington, 1992-present.

MEMBER: Board member and past chairman, National Business League of Southern Maryland; past chairman, Maryland Rainbow Coalition; past co-chairman, Maryland delegation to the White House Small Business Conference.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Establishing the only known facilities-based, minority-owned long-distance telephone company, Lightcom International.

ON THE RECORD: "As corporations and both the federal and local government downsize more and more, people are finding it necessary to market their skills and/or products from a home-based business. Recognizing this, federal and state governments must formulate laws and regulations that facilitate the existence of these smallest of small businesses."

YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 202/466-2100; liiblt@aol.com

JOHN S. SATAGAJ

President, Small Business Legislative Council, Washington

RESUME: President, Small Business Legislative Council, Washington, 1985-present; partner, London and Satagaj, Washington, 1985-present.

MEMBER: American Bar Association; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; American Society of Association Executives.

GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Solving a problem for a small business.

ON THE RECORD: "While a lot of Washington insiders profess a profound respect for small business, very few follow through. As a result, despite small business's visibility, it takes an extra effort to own small business' share of any public policy debate."

YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 202/639-8500

TERRY NEESE

Corporate and public affairs liaison, National Association of Women Business Owners, Silver Spring

RESUME: Chief executive officer and founder, Terry Neese Personnel Services and TNT Temporaries, Oklahoma City, 1975-present; director of small business, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Oklahoma City, 1988-90; corporate and public affairs liaison and past president, National Association of Women Business Owners, Silver Spring, 1990-present. …