House Small Business Committee

The Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: An Update and Next Steps with SBA’s Resource Partners

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/19/2021 - 10:15am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: An Update and Next Steps with SBA’s Resource Partners.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:15 A.M. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The Subcommittee will meet to examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development ecosystem and offer Members of the Committee the opportunity to review the major technical assistance programs. Members will hear directly from America’s Small Business Development Centers, the Association of Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE about the programs, how the pandemic has impacted their work, and the challenges they face as the country recovers from the economic downturn. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Charles “Tee” Rowe
President & Chief Executive Officer
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Burke, VA

Ms. Bridget Weston
Chief Executive Officer
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Herndon, VA

Ms. Corinne Hodges
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Women’s Business Centers
Washington, DC





Examining the role of Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions in Small Business Lending

House Small Business Committee News - 12 hours 25 min ago
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Examining the role of Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions in Small Business Lending.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The hearing will introduce Members to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), and will discuss the impact these institutions make in their communities, especially with respect to supporting local entrepreneurs. Members will also learn about the SBA and non-SBA programs intended to support CDFIs and MDIs.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Aissatou Barry-Fall
President & CEO
Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union
New York, NY

Mr. Everett Sands
Founder & CEO
Lendistry
Brea, CA

Mr. Robert James II
President, Carver Development CDE
Chairman, National Bankers Association
Savannah, GA






Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Federally funded research and development (R&D) has produced innumerable innovations and discoveries, leading to new companies and entire industries that have made America a global leader in science and technology fields. While small businesses are a major driver of American innovation, commercialization, and overall economic growth, they oftentimes struggle to obtain crucial early financing. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs reduce the risks associated with early stage technology and stimulate commercialization of federal R&D innovations. The hearing will give Members the opportunity to learn more about “America’s Seed Fund” programs and their impact on pioneering small business.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Dr. Joyce Tung
Vice President of Research
23andMe, Inc. 
Sunnyvale, CA

Ms. Pat Keady
Founder, CEO, and President
Aerosol Devices Inc.
Fort Collins, CO

Ms. Rebecca Todd
Innovation Consultant
Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
Little Rock, AR

Mr. Jere Glover
Executive Director
Small Business Technology Council
Washington, DC

 

Growing Jobs through Infrastructure Investment

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a remote hearing titled: “Growing Jobs through Infrastructure Investment.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

The national infrastructure has long deteriorated but investing in it today creates millions of good paying jobs for American workers now and into the future. However, it is not enough to create jobs, the country needs a pipeline of skilled workers to fill them. This hearing will discuss how small firms and the federal government can leverage workforce development programs to train and upskill the next generation of infrastructure workers. Members will hear from experts, industry leaders, and educational institutions about efforts to provide workforce training and investing in the nation’s infrastructure, through proposals like the American Jobs Plan will impact those efforts.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 


Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Dr. Annette Parker
President
South Central College
Mankato, MN

Mr. Michael Tamasi
President and CEO
AccuRounds
Avon, MA

 




Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Small Manufacturers

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a remote hearing titled: “Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Small Manufacturers.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many weaknesses in the supply chains relied on by small businesses, especially small manufacturers. As the economy continues to recover, Congress must take steps to maximize supply chain resiliency for future economic disruptions. The hearing will allow Members to examine the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on supply chains for small businesses, especially those in the manufacturing industry. The hearing will also discuss the challenges small manufacturers expect to face in the post-COVID economy and the role of the Small Business Administration’s loan and investment programs.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. Claudio Dente
President
DenTec Safety Specialists
Lenexa, KS

Ms. Kimberly Glas
President & CEO
National Council of Textile Organizations
Washington, DC

Mr. David Taylor
President & CEO
Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association
Harrisburg, PA

Harnessing the Power of Immigrant-owned Businesses to Build Back Better

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/28/2021 - 12:15pm
The Committee on Small Business will hold a remote hearing titled: “Harnessing the Power of Immigrant-owned Businesses to Build Back Better.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 12:15 P.M. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

Immigrant entrepreneurship is an important aspect of growth in the American economy. Not only do immigrants start businesses at higher rates than native-born Americans, but they do so in sectors that are more likely to be Main Street businesses, in turn, promoting economic investment and development in their communities. Many of these businesses have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and given their ability to generate jobs and promote economic growth, it will be important to harness their power to fuel our recovery. This hearing will focus on the role of immigrant-owned businesses in their communities as well as their ability to foster a more equitable recovery.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. David Dyssegaard Kallick
Director of Immigration Research Initiative
Fiscal Policy Institute
Latham, NY

Mr. Daniel Fitzgerald
Acting Regional Director
San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network
Southwestern Community College
National City, CA

Ms. Jaja Chen
Co-Owner & Chief of Strategic Initiatives & Business Partnerships
Waco Cha, LLC
Waco, TX

Mr. Jose Ponce
President
Re/Max Gold
Fenton, MO

Update on SBA’s Pandemic Response Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Update on SBA’s Pandemic Response Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

This hearing will give Members the opportunity to discuss the numerous reports from the SBA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) related to the lack of internal controls and the potential for fraud within the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. Members will hear directly from OIG and GAO about their findings and whether SBA has implemented their recommendations for improving controls and reducing fraud in these programs. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. William Shear
Director
Financial Markets and Community Investment
United States Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC

Mr. Hannibal “Mike” Ware
Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Rules: What it Means for Government Contractors

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/23/2021 - 12:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a remote hearing titled: “The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Rules: What it Means for Government Contractors.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 via CISCO Webex, information to be provided separately.

The hearing will examine the extent to which the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Credits Clause interacts with the Paycheck Protection Program and its implications for federal contractors. The Committee will learn more about how agencies are handling the matter, available guidance, and industry concerns.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. Greg Bingham
Partner
HKA
Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Moser
Partner
Cherry Bekaert
Tysons, VA

Ms. Robin Greenleaf, PE
Chief Executive Officer
Architectural Engineers
Boston, MA
*Testifying on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Mr. Carlos A. Penin, PE
President
CAP Engineering
Coral Gables, FL

The Role of Community Navigators in Reaching Underserved Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 03/18/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Role of Community Navigators in Reaching Underserved Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

The Subcommittee will meet to discuss the new Community Navigator Pilot Program, created in the American Rescue Plan. The remote hearing is an opportunity for Members to learn how the program will leverage existing community partners to enhance outreach to underserved communities across the country. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for Members to examine how increased outreach in underserved communities is vital to small businesses’ success.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Ms. Rebecca Shi
Executive Director
American Business Immigration Coalition
Chicago, IL

Ms. Bridget Weston
Chief Executive Officer
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Herndon, VA

The Next Steps for the Paycheck Protection Program

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/10/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Next Steps for the Paycheck Protection Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

The hearing will provide an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and an update for Members on the current state of the First and Second Draw loans, as well as loan forgiveness. The Committee will also hear feedback on the impact of the five programmatic changes recently announced and suggestions from stakeholders regarding the future of the program. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Rules: What it Means for Government Contractors

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/09/2021 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Rules: What it Means for Government Contractors.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

The hearing will examine the extent to which the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Credits Clause interacts with the Paycheck Protection Program and its implications for federal contractors. The Committee will learn more about how agencies are handling the matter, available guidance, and industry concerns. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. Greg Bingham
Partner
HKA
Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Moser
Partner
Cherry Bekaert
Tysons, VA

Ms. Robin Greenleaf
Chief Executive Officer
Architectural Engineers
Boston, MA
*Testifying on behalf of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Mr. Carlos A. Penin, PE
President
CAP Engineering
Coral Gables, FL 



Perspectives from Main Street: Raising the Wage

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/24/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Perspectives from Main Street: Raising the Wage.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

The federal minimum wage has not risen from $7.25 since 2009, marking the longest period without an increase since its creation in 1938. Meanwhile, the value of the minimum wage has eroded, and lower-income workers and families have struggled to keep up with the increasing cost of living. As a result, Congress is considering the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, which would incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This policy change will impact small businesses and workers all over the country. The hearing will give Members the opportunity to hear from stakeholders about the challenges and benefits of raising the minimum wage. 

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses


Committee on Small Business Markup

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/10/2021 - 5:00pm
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid markup at 5:00 P.M. (EDT) on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building and on Cisco WebEx. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco WebEx, information to be provided separately. The Committee will consider Committee Print (providing for reconciliation pursuant to S.Con.Res. 5, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021).

Markup Notice 

Committee Print 

ANS 

State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID-19

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID-19.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

The hearing will allow Members to assess the state of the small business economy after nearly a year into the global COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Members will be able to explore how relief efforts such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and Shuttered Venue Operator Program have benefited small firms. Members will also hear about potential improvements that may be needed in these programs along with other policies that will be needed to spur equitable recovery from COVID-19 for all small businesses in 2021.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

117th Committee on Small Business Organizational Meeting

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2021 - 9:30am
The Committee on Small Business will convene for a meeting to organize for the 117th Congress. The Committee on Small Business Organizational Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building and on Cisco Webex. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco Webex, information to be provided separately.

At this meeting, the Committee will consider the Rules of the Committee.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Meeting Notice 

Meeting Memo 

117th Rules and Procedures 

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