About Us

We're Bullish on the American Dream

Small Business Education

Small Business Community

Small Business Advocacy


Uniting the Voices of Small Business Owners Nationwide

The American Dream is under attack and we believe the positive way to sustain this dream is for all micro and small businesses to join together to share tools and resoucres and even more importantly, to share a voice in local and federal government.

We’ve created a a non-profit organization with one goal in mind – to unite the voices of small business owners nationwide.


Steve Beaman, Chairman

Steve attended college at Purdue University where he studied Political Science and History and upon entering the workforce, Steve worked with Wharton Econometrics, Zachs Investment Research, and E.F. Hutton Company. After achieving great success, Steve co-founded, developed, built, and sold Chicago Investment Analytics, also called CIA, a premier provider of independent research on Wall Street. In 2000, after 10 years of great success, Steve successfully sold CIA to Charles Schwab and his work became the foundation for what is now known as the Schwab Equity Rating.

Prior to founding The McGraw Council, Steve devoted six years to raising his children and, during that time, he developed The Society for the Advancement of Financial Education, more commonly known as S.A.F.E. S.A.F.E. was also a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and businesses build better and more prosperous lives through financial and economic education. During his time managing S.A.F.E., he authored various books and eBooks, including “The Path to Prosperity” and “The American Dream Under Fire.” Steve has been the keynote speaker at various Chamber of Commerce events, industry conferences, and guests on various radio and television shows and programs.

Through the highs and lows of life such as financial prosperity to financial distress, marriage to divorce and back to marriage, six wonderful children, and even a grandson, Steve wants to ensure he gives back to others to help them achieve their dreams, just as Steve has achieved his. Steve has dedicated his career to helping others achieve their American Dream and it is the purpose for why he founded The McGraw Council.

John Beaman, President

John grew up in southeast Wisconsin and moved to Texas as a young adult where he currently serves as President of The McGraw Council Membership, Inc., also known as The McGraw Council. Beaman attended Liberty University for his undergraduate degree in Business Administration: Economics where he graduated summa cum laude and dually enrolled in Liberty’s Master of Business Administration: Leadership program where he graduated with high distinction. During his MBA, John also attended Leadership Rockwall and joined the Class of 2018 in their community project of building computer resource stations for three nonprofits in Rockwall County.

During his time in college, John helped start, build, and sell a small landscaping business based in Rockwall County and upon graduating the MBA program at Liberty University, he began working in the merchant services industry with Merchant Masters, a family owned business, because of his passion for helping others, especially in an industry where there is much promised yet little provided. John played a pivotal role in the organization’s success and presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as the company continues to expand across the country.

After a successful two years in DFW, John was asked to serve as President of The McGraw Council, a nonprofit organization built to educate, serve, and unite small businesses across the United States. The McGraw Council seeks to provide education with actionable content, serve the small business community through various aspects, and unite the small business community to a level that has never been seen before so that all small businesses across the United States may be heard, have a voice, and achieve their American Dream.

John resides in the City of Heath, a small city in the DFW metroplex with history dating back to 1840, where he also serves on City Council. John was first elected to the city council in 2018 and is the youngest recorded member of city council in the city’s rich history. Additionally, John volunteers in his spare time with various nonprofits in the North Texas area, especially Rockwall County, and is very active in the Rockwall, Rowlett, and Royse City Chambers of Commerce (where he sits on their board of directors) as well as other business groups in the Lake Ray Hubbard area. John is also a member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall and can be found attending the weekly church gatherings in-person or online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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