Charles Owens has been advocating the interests of small business in the Michigan Legislature for over 25 years, beginning with his tenure at the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Dry-cleaning and currently with the National Federation of Independent Business / Michigan.
As the State Director of one of Michigan’s most respected small business organizations, Owens is responsible for directing the NFIB in its mission to maintain the viability of small business in the face of expanded legislative and regulatory challenges.
Owens has been an active participant in the legislative debate over numerous landmark Michigan issues including: the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, Federal Clean Air Act implementation, inheritance tax, single business tax, tort liability reform, Unemployment Insurance reform, workers’ compensation, and Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act (MIOSHA) issues.
Most recently, Owens and the NFIB spearheaded the efforts of other small business groups in the fight for fairness and equity for small business in the debate over the Michigan Business Tax replacement for the Single Business Tax. Owens’ development of an Excel spreadsheet that allowed small businesses to calculate and compare tax liability among proposed plans became a tool used by lawmakers and business organizations to shape tax policy discussions.
Owens is a 25 year member of the Capitol Club, a dedicated group of association executives committed to the advancement of legislative advocacy for their respective organizations. In 2005 he was elected by his peers to be President of the organization.
In 2006, Owens was ranked as number five of the top ten single interest individual lobbyists in Michigan by Inside Michigan Politics. Under his leadership, NFIB was also ranked in the top twenty lobbyist organizations and top ten single interest lobbying organizations by the same publication.
Originally a native of Rockford, Illinois, Owens graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Administration.