Why Your Voice Matters

Members of Congress in the nation’s capital need to hear your story.

February 01, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—With more than 150,000 locations in nearly every town across the United States, convenience stores are community stores. Whether it’s supporting communities during times of need or hosting a local fundraising event, our industry’s story is one of resilience, dedication and commitment to serving employees and customers.

This is what you and your teams do every day, and what policymakers in Washington need to hear. 

NACS Day on the Hill gives convenience retailers the opportunity to be the best advocates for our industry. You’ll meet with your members of Congress and their staff to talk about how the policies and regulations they originate directly impact your business.

Chris Bambury, president of Bambury Inc., attended his first Day on the Hill in 2014. “I’ve learned a lot about how to interact with government members and their staff … and the things I learned helped me create relationships at the state and local levels. It's also a great feeling when your actions have tangible effects,” he said.

“We make our voices heard in Washington, D.C., and through the process, get to know our political representatives better,” said Derek Gaskins, chief marketing officer at Yesway. “This is how good government advocacy should work. NACS is well respected on Capitol Hill, and when all members embrace political engagement, it amplifies our voices.”

Whether it’s your first-time meeting with legislators or your 20th, NACS makes the process seamless. Through training videos, webinars and briefings before you go to Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers, you will feel prepared and ready to talk about your business. Our government relations team schedules each meeting, builds your schedule and pairs you with other convenience retailers and experienced advocates.

Most importantly, members of Congress want to hear from you. You are your best advocate for your business and your employees, who work hard to serve your communities and customers every day.

Your voice matters. The next time your members of Congress consider policies and regulations that could impact your business and employees, they may think twice—or even better, reach out to their favorite local convenience store operator first.

Be a part of the conversation and help protect our industry by attending Day on the Hill. The event is March 7 and 8. Register now. For more information, contact Margaret Hardin, NACS grassroots manager.