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The 2016 Small Business Advocacy Fly-In Was a Success!
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Representatives from both the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) converged on Washington, D.C. this week where they advocated strong messages to the nation's lawmakers on issues ranging from tax reform, needed healthcare changes and much more. Next year, the organization hopes that this year's successes will result in even more participants in the 2017 Small Business Advocacy Fly-in.

 

The fly-in was comprised of an afternoon briefing session on Tuesday during which independent dealers were updated on current issues impacting the industry and small business, in general. The session was led by Paul Miller, the association's director of legislative affairs, and offered key insights into how lawmakers are currently eyeing key issues, such as tax and healthcare reform, and GSA-related initiatives.

Below are photos gathered from this year's fly-in and the industry dinner that was held on Tuesday, Apr. 12 and sponsored by Clover Imaging Group (CIG).



 
 
IOPFDA President Rod Manson, Office Advantage, speaks with Ellen Freedman, Legislative Assistant for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  Scott Moore, AmeriSys, Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Melissa Ball, Ball Office Products, and Pablo Solares, Miller's Office Products, pose for a photo. Donna Snyder, GOPD, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Chip Jones, Minton Jones Company, pose for a photo.
     
 Shelli Hellinghausen and Grady Bourn, Legislative Director for Representative John Carter (R-TX), pose for a photo.  Donna Snyder, GOPD, Representative Jody Hice (R-GA) and Chip Jones, Minton Jones Company, pose for a photo. Shelli Hellinghausen and Taylor Weeks, Legislative Correspondent for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) pose for a photo.
     
Tim Carlton, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), discusses tax reform with IOPFDA President Rod Manson, Office Advantage.  Robin King, Schwegman Office Supply, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) pose for a photo.
Industry representatives networked and enjoyed a dinner together, sponsored by Clover Imaging Group, at La Trattoria on Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016.
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