Government Affairs

Small businesses, start-ups and non-profits have many unique needs when compared to large corporations. For the most part, it is large multi-billion dollar corporations that control lobbying activities at the statehouse. Unfortunately, this means that your voice is not as loud with lawmakers. In addition, given the constant changes to both the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), it is important that your business or non-profit has representation at the statehouse.

SBCO’s founder is a registered lobbyist with nearly ten years of combined experience as an aide to state and federal legislators and as a private sector lobbyist, advocating primarily for small firms. During his tenure, Brandon developed strong working relationships with influential legislators and policy advisors from both sides of the aisle. Brandon strongly believes that lobbying can have a positive impact for even the smallest of businesses or non-profits.

“As a small business or non-profit, you have an attorney to protect you from lawsuits and litigation. You have an accountant to protect you from audits and liabilities. So, why don’t you have a lobbyist to protect you from harmful regulations and legislation?”

Brandon Ogden, SBCO President and Founder

You might be facing specific challenges related to a newly enacted law or rule, attempting to prevent a harmful bill from passing, or maybe your goal is to have new legislation enacted, in any event, we can help.

Click here for a list of bills in which we are currently working or contributed to its recent passage.

SBCO’s lobbying and advocacy activities include:

  • Conducting face-to-face meetings with legislators
  • Testifying in House and Senate committees
  • Inviting clients to testify in-person
  • Organizing lobby and advocacy days
  • Researching current statutes and tracking bills
  • Writing letters to legislators
  • Attending legislative receptions and fundraisers
  • Attending interested parties meetings
  • Monitoring the rule-making and regulatory process