Your Story Matters

Legislators are eager to hear personal stories about how their votes impact retailers like convenience store owners.

December 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Each day lawmakers are inundated with reports filled with often staggering statistics designed to show the importance of a particular subject matter. With so many different voices clamoring for attention in Congress, what often makes the crucial difference in turning a disinterested bystander into a champion of convenience is, quite simply, hearing your story about your business.
You’re the only retailer who can share with members of Congress exactly how legislation or regulations will harm or support your business. But if you don’t tell that story, your voice might not be heard.
“When I first went to Washington for Day on the Hill, I wasn’t sure if members of Congress would be interested in how a piece of legislation impacts my business,” said Andy Jones, owner of Sprint Food Stores in Wrens, Georgia. “But my senators and representatives listened carefully and took time to learn about my business, my employees and the customers we serve. Several of the lawmakers even co-sponsored the legislation after I asked them to sign-on.”
Tell your story to congressional leaders at NACS Day on the Hill, formerly known as the Government Relations Conference, March 12-13, 2019, and advocate and educate lawmakers about the unique issues facing convenience stores. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place on Capitol Hill and at the Intercontinental Washington DC—The Wharf.