Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan

Thomas M. Sullivan is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council and the Mid-Markets Business Council, engaging those members on a regular basis to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.

Previously, Sullivan was an attorney in the government relations practice of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, a law firm with a major East Coast presence from Tallahassee to Boston. Before rejoining Nelson Mullins, he served as general counsel for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell.

Sullivan served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he was directly involved in more than 100 regulatory and legislative matters, testified frequently before congressional committees, and was a spokesman on economic conditions and entrepreneurship.
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Tom Sullivan joins Jim Blasingame to celebrate the courage and perseverance of small business owners as they defy the odds and reopen their businesses in the face of unprecedented challenges.
Tom Sullivan joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the challenges sole proprietors and independent contractors have in getting a business loan, plus whether Congress will pass a COVID-related liability law that protects small businesses.
Tom Sullivan joins Jim Blasingame to discuss federal financial assistance for small businesses, and why there is still billions of Paycheck Protection Program money still unclaimed.