About ASBCC

The Small Business Imperative

Cris Young, President
Cris Young, President
The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce

The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce™ has boldly stepped up to restore the vibrancy, innovation, profitability and community strength of America’s small businesses.

Main Street America is desperately in need of business leaders who care about our families and our communities, and who will grow businesses in our neighborhoods restoring economic vibrancy and community vitality.

To rebuild America’s strength, we must focus on building a climate in which small businesses can thrive.

We are committed to leveling the playing field by stopping anti-American business practices, tax havens and tax evasion, greatly increasing access to affordable capital for small businesses, stopping big-corporate give-aways and unwarranted privileges, raising the federal mandate for contracting with small businesses from 23% to 50% and putting small business owners at the leadership table in Washington and all across our country.

The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce is taking the message of The Small Business Imperative to Washington DC, bringing together small business champions all across America, fighting for an influential seat at the table of American leadership, fighting for job creation, increased consumer demand, policies and practices that support our businesses, communities and families.

We are spreading the message to the people to support American small businesses. We make the case for the value we all secure when we focus a core of our purchasing with America’s small businesses. We represent the true fabric of the American economy. We care about American jobs, families and communities. Americans make purchasing decisions every day that aggregate to have dramatic impact on our world. Helping individuals to understand the link between our purchasing habits and the vitality of our communities will serve to empower Americans to align purchasing choice with positive economic and community outcomes.

Our History

The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce is an outgrowth of the National Association of Small Business Contractors — the nation’s leading trade association representing America’s small business federal contractors. During these hard economic times, we heard from our members that the work of the NASBC should become more broad — tackling the heart of small business and economic issues.

In September 2011, we made the leap to broaden the work of our 501(c)(6) trade association and rename our organization as The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce. The National Association of Small Business Contractors remains a very strong national council within our organization.

Join Us: Be an Active Leader of The American Small Business Community

Membership in ASBCC provides many benefits in support of your business growth and retirement planning. Learn more about membership options and join today.

In the U.S., existing small businesses comprise 99% of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce, and account for more than 60% of the private sector’s net new jobs.

Our Leaders

Cris Young, President

Cris Young, President - The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Cris Young, President – The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Young is the Executive Vice President of Hudson Fasteners, Inc. a 70 year old industrial wholesale supplier. Ms. Young has over 20 years’ experience in procurement and management in corporate and small business environments. She and Hudson Fasteners were recipients of the Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business of the Year 2014 by the Small Business Administration.

In her leadership role with The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce she is opening the doors to opportunity and advocating for the advancement of the Small Business Imperative. Ms. Young specializes in government procurement on local, state and federal levels.

Cris has also served as the President of Women in the Fastener Industry Association, on the Board of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Council for the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University and is the inventor of a Patent Pending B2B E-Commerce Software.


Vikki Hawthorne, National Director | Supplier Development

Vikki Hawthorne, National Director | Supplier Development - The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Vikki Hawthorne, National Director | Supplier Development – The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce

Widely regarded as a passionate small business resource partner who thoroughly understands the many challenges of small business ownership, Ms. Hawthorne has extensive ‘insider’ experience in federal government contracting and training.  In 2014, Ms. Hawthorne retired with 30 years of federal government service with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

From January 2011 through August 2014, Ms. Hawthorne served as Associate Director in the Office of Small Business Programs at DLA’s Land and Maritime and was responsible to ensure that small businesses got their fair share of $3 Billion eligible contracting dollars.  Under her leadership, Ms. Hawthorne made significant small business performance improvements, noted as:

  • Led her team resulting in efforts of increase in dollars awarded to small businesses from Fiscal Year (FY) 11/FY12.
  • Land and Maritime increased percentage of awards to small businesses from FY12/FY13.
  • Noted a marked increase in FY14 performance percentages in the socioeconomic categories which include disadvantaged, woman owned, service disabled veteran owned and historically underutilized business zone small businesses.

Ms. Hawthorne spent over 15 years as the Supplier Outreach Program Manager in the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office before her promotion to the senior leadership position of Associate Director.  In that role, Ms. Hawthorne collaborated with small business advocate organizations and prime contractors to promote small business participation in federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities.  Ms. Hawthorne further expanded and facilitated supplier education with Training, Knowledge, Opportunities Seminars hosted by DLA Land and Maritime. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne coordinated with acquisition personnel to identify small and socioeconomically designated businesses as potential sources of supply. 

Ms. Hawthorne — frequently regarded as subject matter expert for supplier and acquisition personnel training development — was known nationally as an enthusiastic and thoughtful speaker, facilitator and trainer.


Margot Dorfman, VP of Government Affairs

Margot Dorfman, VP of Government Affairs - The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Margot Dorfman, VP of Government Affairs – The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce

As the VP of Government Affairs for The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Dorfman works closely with Congress, the White House and Government Agencies to advance the agenda of the ASBCC and deliver connections and resources for our members. Ms. Dorfman also serves as the CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dorfman has an extensive background in business, business ownership, publishing and nonprofit leadership. She is regularly called upon to testify before Congress and to provide insights and commentary to leaders and media all across America.