Startup Junkie Foundation Executive Director Caleb Talley has been named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council.
NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization which operates on a nonpartisan basis. Talley joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.
“Having served this entrepreneurial ecosystem in various capacities, I’ve seen the importance of being proactive and advocating for opportunity for our founders and small business owners,” said Talley. “I’m grateful for the chance to serve the NSBA’s Leadership Council and hope that it will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”
Talley joined the Startup Junkie Foundation team as a marketing and events director in May of 2019 after having served as editor of Arkansas Money & Politics and AY Magazine. In the time since, Talley helped plan and facilitate over 300 events for entrepreneurs and regional stakeholders with over 22,000 attendees. He assumed the role of executive director of the mission-driven organization in October.
Talley joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and other critical economic development matters. He will serve on the Council’s Economic Development Committee.
The Economic Development Committee oversees all issues relating to small- business finance and access to capital, including credit cards, lending, bankruptcy law, securities issues and venture capital. The committee also deals with federal small-business programs under the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as federal procurement initiatives and international trade and handles innovation and technology issues such as patent reform.
The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.
“I am proud to have Caleb Talley as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “He came to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”