House Small Business Committee

A Discussion with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza: Current Issues and the FY2021 Budget

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “A Discussion with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza: Current Issues and the FY2021 Budget.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Honorable Jovita Carranza was sworn in on January 7, 2020, as the 26th Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Members will hear Administrator Carranza’s vision for the agency, explore the Administration’s FY2021 budget request, and have an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for small businesses participating in the SBA’s programs.

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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

The Honorable Jovita Carranza
Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony




*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Challenges and Benefits of Employee-owned Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Challenges and Benefits of Employee-owned Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Committee will meet to discuss the employee ownership mode, which gives employees a direct investment in the success of the business. Members will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of employee ownership for business owners, their employees, and their local economies. The hearing will also explore some of the challenges businesses face in converting to an employee-owned model, as well as ways current federal programs can be optimized to minimize those challenges.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Mr. Daniel Goldstein
President and CEO
Folience
Cedar Rapids, IA
Testimony

Mr. R.L. Condra
Vice President of Advocacy and Government Programs
National Cooperative Bank
Arlington, VA
Testimony 

Mr. John Abrams
CEO and Co-Owner
South Mountain Company
West Tisbury, MA
Testimony 

Mr. Mark Gillming
Senior Vice President
Messer Construction Co.
Cincinnati, OH
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

The Innovation Pipeline: From Universities to Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “The Innovation Pipeline: From Universities to Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

A major reason for the rise of the U.S. as a technological power is a long tradition of close relationships and frequent collaboration between small businesses and a large network of world-renowned research universities. From licensing deals and tech transfers to patents and startups, the innovation that emerges from U.S. educational institutions is invaluable to the development of local and regional economies. This hearing will cover the innovation pipeline from universities to small businesses and the indispensable role of universities in economic development and urban revitalization.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Dr. John Younger
Vice President of Science and Technology
University City Science Center
Philadelphia, PA
Testimony 

Ms. Sheila Martin
Vice President of Economic Development and Community Engagement
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Ethan Mann
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Sharklet Technologies, Inc.
Aurora, CO
Testimony 

Dr. Gregory P. Crawford
President
Miami University
Oxford, OH
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Taking Care of Business: How Childcare can Support Regional Economies

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled, “Taking Care of Business: How Childcare can Support Regional Economies.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

When quality childcare is affordable and accessible, the impacts are felt by families, businesses, and regional economies. Breakdowns in childcare arrangements cost working families $8.3 billion in lost wages, and businesses nationwide lose more than $4.4 billion per year due to employee absences resulting from breakdowns in childcare arrangements. Access to childcare supports regional economic growth because it has a positive impact effect on workforce participation providing small firms with a productive and talented pool of workers. With affordable accessible care, employers report fewer absent workers, less turnover, increased stability in the workforce, and more satisfied workers. This hearing will explore the role of childcare in stimulating regional economic growth.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Cindy Cisneros
Vice President, Education Programs
Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED)
Arlington, VA
Testimony

Dr. Veronique de Rugy
Senior Research Fellow
Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Arlington, VA
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

SBA Management Review: Office of Credit Risk Management

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Office of Credit Risk Management.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

The hearing will allow Members to learn about SBA’s Office of Credit Risk Management (“OCRM”), which was codified during the 115th Congress as part of the Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018. Members will also be able to explore the current administrative challenges facing OCRM, as well as ways to continue strengthening the Office and its operations.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Susan E. Streich 
Director
Office of Credit Risk Management 
United States Small Business Administration 
Washington, DC
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

SBA Management Review: Office of Field Operations

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/29/2020 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Office of Field Operations.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The SBA’s 68 district offices and ten regional offices are the point of delivery for most SBA programs and services. They work to accomplish the SBA mission by providing quality service to the small business community; and work with SBA resources partners, other partners and intermediaries. The Office of Field Operations is responsible for overseeing these offices to ensure the agency meets its mission to serve small businesses and entrepreneurs all over the nation. This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to learn more about the office and review its structure and performance.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Mr. Michael A. Vallante
Associate Administrator
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The American economy is reliant on its ability to innovate and retain its status as a global leader. To continue the nation’s leadership in innovation, it’s important to ensure every person and idea has equal opportunity to intellectual property protections. The Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science Success (SUCCESS) Act, enacted last Congress, required the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director to consult with the Small Business Administration to identify publicly available data on the number of patents women, minorities, and veterans apply for and obtain. The hearing will examine the findings of the report and discuss the legislative options for increasing the ability and opportunity for a diverse population of innovators to gain patent protection.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Andrea Ippolito
Program Director of W.E. Cormell
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Testimony

Dr. Rashawn Ray
David M. Rubenstein Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Ms. Janeya Griffin
Managing Member and Principal Consultant
The Commercializer, LLC
Lancaster, CA
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 9, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

In recent decades technology has disrupted many industries including manufacturing, media, banking, and retail shopping. The same technological innovation is happening in agriculture. New advances in agricultural software, computer hardware and durable farm equipment are building towards comprehensive solutions that significantly improve farming conservation, plant growth and processing, yield and input mapping, and even autonomous self-driving tractor capabilities. Technology and data can help farmers in many ways. The hearing will highlight many advances made in the agriculture technology industry and how federal policy can be utilized for even greater success.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Witnesses 

Mr. Kevin M. France
President and CEO
SWIIM System, Ltd.
Denver, CO
Testimony

Dr. David Potere
Head of GeoInnovation
Indigo Agriculture
Boston, MA
Testimony 

Mr. Robert Meza 
Co-Founder and Farmer 
Emerald Gardens 
Bennett, CO
* Testifying on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union 
Testimony 

Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith
Professor and Assistant Director
School of Environment and Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
Wooster, OH
Testimony


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 
 
 

Review of the SBA’s 504/CDC Loan Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will hold a hearing titled, “Review of the SBA’s 504/CDC Loan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will review the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504/CDC Loan Program. From the role of Certified Development Companies (CDCs) to the economic development requirements that are outlined in the program, the hearing will provide Members of the Subcommittee the opportunity to hear directly from program participants.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Mary Mansfield
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bay Colony Development Corporation
Waltham, MA

Mr. Wayne Williams
Senior Vice President
Business Finance Group Inc.
Fairfax, VA

Ms. Elaine Fairman
Executive Director
Business Expansion Funding Corporation (BEFCor)
Charlotte, NC

Ms. Brooke Mirenda
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sunshine State Economic Development Corporation
Clearwater, FL

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 
 

Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility: Small Business Best Practices

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility: Small Business Best Practices.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

For decades, small businesses have been leaders in delivering value for their communities, but they can face resource constraints in their efforts to scale up their sustainability practices. This hearing will examine how small businesses can integrate best practices that promote social good and sustainability at all stages, either as part of an initial business plan or later in the life of their company, and assess how the federal government can support and empower small business owners to not only make a profit, but be forces for social good.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Dr. Robert Strand
Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business
University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business
Berkeley, CA

Mr. Vincent Stanley
Director of Philosophy
Patagonia
Ventura, CA

Mr. Sean McElwee
President and Chief Creative Officer
Seanese
Viejo, CA
Accompanied by:
Ms. Sandra McElwee, Chief Dream Facilitator, Seanese


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 

Innovations in the School to Small Business Pipeline

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “Innovations in the School to Small Business Pipeline.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. (MST) on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, 8000 S Chambers Road, Centennial, CO 80112.

Small businesses remain in need of employees, particularly in highly skilled positions. While traditional academic institutions play an important role in helping to fill the workforce development gap, they often do not provide adequate job training outside the classroom. To fill the gap, Colorado is embracing new and innovative approaches towards educating young people and creating a school-to-business pipeline. This hearing will explore how schools are changing their priorities to supply a much needed workforce and what policies can help promote these efforts.



Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Sarah LC Grobbel
Assistant Superintendent, Career & Innovation
Cherry Creek Schools
Greenwood Village, CO
Testimony 

Mr. Noel Ginsburg
Founder & CEO
CareerWise Colorado
Denver, CO
Testimony 

Mr. Matthew Kaplan
Vice President, Business Development and Membership
Outdoor Industry Association
Boulder, CO
Testimony 
 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 
 

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House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act. The markup will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The items that will be marked up include:

Markup Notice

H.R. 5078, “Prison to Proprietorship Act”

H.R. 5065, “Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act”

H.R. XXXX, “Capturing All Small Businesses Act of 2019”

H.R. XXXX, “Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019”

Smart Construction: Increasing Opportunities for Small Businesses in Infrastructure

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled, “Smart Construction: Increasing Opportunities for Small Businesses in Infrastructure.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Advanced construction technology like GPS enabled equipment, 3D digital design software like Building Information Modeling, and proptech enable construction companies, civil engineers, and developers to build infrastructure that is safer, energy efficient, and sustainable at lower costs. The hearing will explore advancements in smart construction technology and opportunities for small businesses to play a major role in improving America’s infrastructure.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Mr. Lennart Anderssen, RA
Director of Virtual Design, Construction & Operations (VDCO), LiRo Group
Professor, Pratt Institute
New York, NY
*Testifying  on  behalf  of  the  American  Society  of  Civil  Engineers  (ASCE),  the Construction Institute (CI), LiRo Group, and Pratt Institute
Testimony

Mr. Ryan Forrestel
President
Cold Springs Construction
Akron, NY
*Testifying on behalf of the GPS Innovation Alliance
Testimony 

Mr. Bryn Fosburgh
Senior Vice President
Trimble, Inc.
Westminster, CO
Testimony 

Mr. Phillip Ogilby
CEO and Co-founder
STACK Construction Technologies
Cincinnati, OH
Testimony 
 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 
 

A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 1:00pm

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Over the last decade, digital platforms have transformed American commerce through the rapid development of innovative business solutions that have helped small businesses reach and serve new customers. However, the boundless influence of Big Tech has raised concerns about how these platforms impact small firms that have come to rely on their business models. This hearing will give Members the opportunity to hear from large tech companies and small business about their perspectives on how to ensure that main street businesses have an equitable opportunity to compete in the information age.


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


Hearing Notice 







 
 
 

Assessing the Government’s Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One)

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled, “Assessing the Government’s Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One).” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Rural America, encompassing about 72% of our nation’s total land and about 46 million residents, plays a critical role in our economy. Yet, rural businesses face many unique challenges, such as access to capital, training, and technology. The hearing will examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service programs and Small Business Administration’s programs, and how these agencies can work together to support entrepreneurship, economic growth and business development in rural communities.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Michelle Christian
National Director, Office of Rural Affairs
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony

Ms. Bette Brand
Administrator
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
USDA-Rural Development
Washington, DC
Testimony 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 
 

Upskilling the Medical Workforce: Opportunities in Health Innovation

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Upskilling the Medical Workforce: Opportunities in Health Innovation.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

It is predicted that America faces a doctor shortage upwards of 100,000 doctors by 2030, which could disproportionately affect rural and underserved communities. Beyond training more doctors, opportunities in innovative healthcare practices offers another method to proactively address the shortage. Telehealth and HealthIT have the potential to help many small medical practices manage patient information, be more efficient, and provide the most effective treatment. This hearing will analyze ways the health care workforce can be trained to leverage these new technologies to lower costs, incentivize start-ups, and provide quality care.


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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Dr. Matthew Conti
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
New York, NY
*Testifying on behalf of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Testimony 

Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Founding Clinical Director of the Office of Telemedicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
*Testifying on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Testimony 

Dr. Nancy Fahrenwald, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Texas A&M University, College of Nursing
Bryan, TX
*Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Testimony 

Mr. Michael Hopkins
CEO & Founder
True Concepts Medical
Centerville, OH
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence





 

Fostering the American Dream: How SBA Can Empower Immigrant Small Business Owners

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will hold a hearing titled, “Fostering the American Dream: How SBA Can Empower Immigrant Small Business Owners.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. (PST) on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Rosemead City Hall, 8838 East Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA 91770.

The United States is currently home to over 43 million immigrants and over 3 million have started small businesses. These companies pay an estimated $126 billion in wages to six million people and generate over $65 billion in income. Recognizing their economic contributions, the hearing will focus on how the federal government can better assist immigrant entrepreneurs desiring to start a small business. Members will learn why immigrants are more likely to start new businesses but less likely to have access to traditional sources of capital, and how the Small Business Administration’s programs, such as entrepreneurial development and lending programs like the Community Advantage program can help immigrant business owners succeed.

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


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 
Ms. Rachelle Arizmendi
Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
Los Angeles, CA
Testimony 

Mr. Donald J. Loewel, MBA
Director
Small Business Development Center
Pasadena City College
Pasadena, CA
Testimony

Ms. Tatiana Bonilla
President
Andrew Design Group, Inc.
Pasadena, CA
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence




 

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