Terry Williams has a broad background of community, association and business leadership experience. She began her professional career as an orchestra conductor. Her conducting experience includes, Music Director of The Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra and Musical Theater of Arizona; Guest Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony; and Conductor of Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventud (Mexico City, Mexico).
In her early thirties, Ms. Williams found that she was very drawn to the business world and became a successful business owner gaining experience in retail, B2B, government contracting and publishing. In 2001 she (along with Margot Dorfman) founded the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce™.
During her work with the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, she traveled the U.S. talking with small business owners about their business growth challenges and found that there was a need for a strong focus on assisting small businesses in federal contracting sales. Ms. Williams became widely recognized as an important thought leader and advocate for small business growth.
|"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."
--Terry Williams, CEO
With the launch of the National Small Business Federal Procurement Summit in April 2004, she announced the birth of the National Association of Small Business Contractors - the national trade association for small businesses active in procurement markets. Ms. Williams served as NASBC’s first president.
The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce™ is an outgrowth of the National Association of Small Business Contractors. During these challenging 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.
Ms. Williams currently serves as the CEO for The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce. She looks forward to leading the charge to advance The Small Business Imperative and bring about strong small business growth and community economic vitality.
She is a recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award from the State of Arizona and a New Times - “Best of Phoenix” award for her significant community contributions. Terry holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University where she was a Board of Regents Academic Scholar.