House Small Business Committee

Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled, “Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Bulltear Industries, 24543 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN, 55073. 

Access to reliable and affordable broadband service is imperative to not only the success of small businesses, but the overall economic development of a region. In many rural parts of the country, however, reliable access is far from guaranteed. Over 24 million Americans, the vast majority of whom live in rural areas, lack access to broadband at benchmark speeds. The hearing will focus on broadband deployment efforts in rural America and the challenges small firms in those areas face without reliable broadband services. Additionally, witnesses will suggest potential policy changes Congress could make to improve broadband access in the nation’s rural areas. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Adam Artz
Realtor
Realty Executives
Blaine, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Marc Johnson
Director
East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative
Braham, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Greg Carlson
Executive Director of Partnered & Affiliated Boards
Cambridge Presbyterian Homes
Roseville, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Matt Crescenzo
Owner
Bulltear Industries, Inc.
Scandia, MN
Testimony 

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


 

Immigration and the Small Business Workforce

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Immigration and the Small Business Workforce.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Temporary and permanent immigration have long been at the forefront of national conversation. Much of the time, the labor force needs and concerns of small businesses in every sector are overlooked. Members will hear testimony from witnesses on the challenges they face in recruitment and retention of domestic workers, and what solutions immigrant labor has provided in addressing these issues. The hearing will also examine the current challenges small businesses face in hiring qualified foreign labor and what legislative solutions would help them.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Dan Wallace  
Director of Special Projects  
New American Economy  
New York, NY
Testimony 

Mr. Derek Shoare 
Senior Vice President 
Challenger Sports 
Lenexa, KS
Testimony 

Mr. Nick Sabino 
President 
Deer Park Roofing, Inc. 
Cincinnati, OH 
Testimony 

Mr. Daniel Griswold 
Senior Research Fellow 
Co-Director, Trade and Immigration Project 
Mercatus Center at George Mason University 
Arlington, VA
Testimony 

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


 

Investing in Community: The SBA’s Community Advantage Loan Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Investing in Community: The SBA’s Community Advantage Loan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The SBA’s Community Advantage loan program was designed to reach communities traditionally underserved by conventional lenders. The program was created in 2011 and has remained in pilot status since its inception. The hearing will enable Members to learn about the program and its effectiveness in local communities.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Angela Mavridis
Owner
Tribali Foods
San Marino, CA
Testimony 

Mr. Robert Villareal
Executive Vice President
CDC Small Business Finance
San Diego, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Janie Barrera
President and CEO
LiftFund
San Antonio, TX
Testimony 

Mr. John Kropf
President
Growth Capital Corp
Cleveland, OH
Testimony 

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



 

Oversight of the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled,“Oversight of the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA) brought significant changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB Program). Specifically, it authorized the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement sole-source authority; eliminate the possibility of businesses to self-certify eligibility to the WOSB Program and; allowed SBA to put in place a new certification process. In 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a study discussing the extent to which these changes had been implemented and other oversight concerns that had been previously identified. The hearing will focus on GAO’s findings and SBA’s actions to address them. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

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

Mr. Robb N. Wong
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony

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


 

Member Day Hearing: Committee on Small Business

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Member Day Hearing: Committee on Small Business.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Participating Members will testify before the Committee about their legislative interests and priorities as they relate to policies under the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction. House Rule X, Clause 1(q) defines the legislative jurisdiction of the Committee.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

The Honorable Ed Case
Member of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Testimony

The Honorable Gilbert R. Cisneros
Member of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Testimony 

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


 

The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will meet for a hearing titled, “The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The digital ecosystem has unlocked powerful opportunities for small businesses. By embracing digital engagement, Main Street firms are experiencing greater sales both locally and globally. In this hearing, the Committee will discuss ways digital platforms empower small businesses and obstacles to the adoption of digital tools.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Ms. Kellyn Blossom
Head of Public Policy
Thumbtack
San Francisco, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Erika Mozes
Co-Founder and COO
Hyr, Inc.
New York, NY
Testimony

Ms. Olivia Omega Wallace
Co-Founder
Wallace Marketing Group
Aurora, CO
Testimony 

Ms. Julie Carnevale
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
Eloquii
Delaware, OH
Testimony 



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



 



 

Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated May 5-11 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is saluting “Heroes of Small Business,” those leaders who exemplify the determination, hard work, and creativity that showcases the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories. The Committee will examine the important role these firms play in creating jobs, growing our economy, and investing in our local communities. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Witnesses to come. 

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


 

Markup

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. The markup will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The items that will be marked up include:

H.R. 277, “Access to Sufficient Capital for Everyone in Natural Disaster areas Act of 2019”

H.R. 2142, “To amend the Small Business Act to require the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman to create a centralized website for compliance guides, and for other purposes”

H.R. 1649, “Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2019”

H.R. 1648, “Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2019”

H.R. 2331, “SBA Cyber Awareness Act of 2019”

H.R. 2345, “Clarifying the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2019”


Markup Notice 

Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine whether Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are receiving adequate support from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help develop successful entrepreneurs.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Panel One

Ms. Anna Maria Ortiz
Acting Director
Financial Markets and Community Investment
Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC
Testimony 


Mr. Allen Gutierrez

Associate Administrator
Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony

Panel Two

Dr. Paulette Dillard
President
Shaw University
Raleigh, NC
Testimony 

Dr. Barron H. Harvey
Dean of the School of Business
Howard University
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Dr. Michael H. Casson, Jr. Ph. D
Dean of the School of Business
Delaware State University
Dover, DE
Testimony 

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
President and CEO
Benedict College
Columbia, SC  
Testimony 


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



 

 
 

SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is SBA’s flagship lending program, guaranteeing more than 60,000 small business loans totaling $25.4 billion. Traditionally, the program relies on a combination of fees and recoveries of collateral on defaulted loans to operate without appropriations from Congress. However, in its budget request to Congress for FY2020, SBA predicts a funding shortfall in the program, and in response, proposes numerous fee increases to cover the shortfall. The purpose of this hearing is to provide Members the opportunity to examine the SBA’s budget and consider how the changes will impact small business lending.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Panel One

Mr. Tim Gribben
Chief Financial Officer and Association Administrator for Performance Management
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Panel Two

Mr. Tony Wilkinson
President & CEO
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
Stillwater, OK
Testimony 

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



 

 

The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Trade issues have been at the forefront of national conversations due to the implications for nearly every sector of our economy. Small businesses, which include farmers, make up ninety-seven percent of U.S. exporters. The hearing will examine the state of trade for small businesses, farmers, and the employees who are critical to small businesses in numerous industries. It will also offer an opportunity to discuss small business and labor goals for future trade activities. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Mr. Mark Meirick
Board Member
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Protivin, Iowa
Testimony

Mr. Glenn Stoltzfus
Co-owner, Pennwood Farms
District 11 State Board Director and Dairy Committee Chairman
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Berlin, PA
Testimony 


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



 

Unlocking Small Business Retirement Security

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled,“Unlocking Small Business Retirement Security.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Retirement security is one of the most important issues facing Americans today. Retirement benefits not only provide future financial security for business owners and employees, but also allow entrepreneurs the ability to attract and retain talented individuals as their businesses grow.  However, many retirement plans are complicated and expensive to start and maintain. These challenges lead many small business owners to forgo such a plan, leaving the employers and the employees without adequate retirement savings. The hearing will examine the options for small employers, the benefits and barriers they face in offering plans, and options for expanding coverage.


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Ms. Martella A. Turner-Joseph 
Founding Partner
Joseph & Turner Consulting Actuaries, LLC 
New York, NY 
 *Testifying on behalf of the American Retirement Association 
Testimony

Mr. Paul F. Davidson
Director
Product Management Paychex, Inc.
Rochester, NY
Testimony

Mr. Keith Hall 
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association for the Self-Employed
Washington, DC
Testimony


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

Witness List
 

Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled, “Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

H.R. 6330, the Small Business Runway Extension Act was signed into law on December 2018 and was designed to assist small business successfully bridge the gap between competing in the small business space and the open marketplace against larger companies. The Small Business Administration is working on regulations for the law’s implementation. The hearing will consider the current state of H.R. 6330’s implementation and potential solutions to mitigate any challenges during the process and if steps may be necessary to expand its reach.  


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Mr. David Black
Partner
Holland & Knight 
Tysons, VA
Testimony

Ms. Megan C. Connor   
Partner
PilieroMazza PLLC
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Brian Morales 
President
ProCal Lighting 
Vista, CA
*Testifying on behalf of the National Electrical Contractors Association
Testimony 

Ms. Erin Allen   
President
Contemporaries, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
*Testifying in her role as a board member on behalf of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Testimony 

 

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

Witness List
 

“Flipping the Switch on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship”

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Flipping the Switch on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

According to U.S. Census data, only 17 percent of businesses are located in rural areas despite 97 percent of the nation being classified as rural. Digital tools have changed the way many rural entrepreneurs are starting and growing their business. By embracing digital engagement, Main Street firms are experiencing greater sales both locally and globally. Yet, rural entrepreneurs still face challenges in fully utilizing digital technologies. The hearing will review the opportunities online technology holds and examine the barriers rural small businesses face in fully embracing it.


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Mr. Dana F. Connors 
President & CEO
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Augusta, ME
*Testifying on behalf of the Maine State Chamber

Mr. Jake Ward
President
Connected Commerce Council 
Washington, DC


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

Witness List
 

“Challenges in SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program.”

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “Challenges in SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will review the state of the SBA State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 directed SBA to establish the program to provide grants to states to increase the number of small businesses exploring trade opportunities. Members will hear how the SBA is performing in its management of the program along with compliance and grant challenges facing states and small businesses.


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Ms. Kim Gianopoulos
Director of International Affairs and Trade
Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC
Testimony 

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


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

Witness List
 

Small but Mighty: A Review of the SBA Microloan Program

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “Small but Mighty: A Review of the SBA Microloan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Microloan program has been in existence for over 20 years, and in that time, it has made a significant impact enhancing access to capital for America’s smallest businesses. In that time, the program has grown from a pilot program to a fully permanent program with success stories nationwide. However, for all the growth that the program has experienced, many of the rules governing it have not kept up with its growth. The hearing will review the program, how it functions, and explore what changes to the program would maximize its performance and efficiency.


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Ms. Ceyl Prinster
President & CEO
Colorado Enterprise Fund
Denver, CO
Testimony 

Ms. Carolina Martinez 
CEO
California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
San Francisco, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Mariama Jallow
Owner
Mariama's Beauty Supply
Portland, ME
Testimony 

Ms. Michelle Richards
Executive Director
Great Lakes Women's Business Council
Livonia, MI
*Testifying on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy
Testimony


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

Witness List
 


Rebuilding America: Small Business Perspective

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Rebuilding America: Small Business Perspective.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.


The hearing will focus on our current infrastructure needs and how small businesses can stand to benefit from a comprehensive plan that includes surface, broadband, and water, among others. The hearing will give Members an opportunity to hear from a variety of witnesses regarding the importance of updating our nation’s infrastructure, while discussing the opportunities and challenges that exist for small businesses.

Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Ms. Terri Williams
Director
SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center
San Antonio, TX
Testimony 

Mr. Tim Donovan
Senior Vice President
Legislative Affairs
Competitive Carriers Association
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Ms. Roseline Bougher
President
A.D. Marble
King of Prussia, PA
Testimony 


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

Witness List
 



Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2020

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:45am
The Committee on Small Business will convene for a meeting to consider the Committee’s Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2020. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:45 A.M. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Notice 

Budget Views and Estimates for Fiscal Year 2020 

Supporting America’s Startups: Review of SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Supporting America’s Startups: Review of SBA Entrepreneurial Development Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Entrepreneurial Development (ED) programs and offer Members of the Committee the opportunity to review the major technical assistance programs, along with the offices at SBA charged with overseeing the programs. Members will hear directly from SBA’s resource partners.

Hearing Notice

Witnesses 

Mr. Charles Rowe
President & CEO
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Arlington, VA
Testimony 

Ms. Corinne Hodges
CEO
Association of Women’s Business Centers
Washington, DC
Testimony

Mr. Ken Yancey
CEO
SCORE Association
Herndon, VA
Testimony 

Ms. Cherylynn Sagester
Veterans Business Outreach Center Program Director
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
Testimony

Witness List
 








Small Business Priorities for the 116th Congress

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Small Business Priorities for the 116th Congress.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Hearing Notice.

Witnesses

Mr. John Arensmeyer
Founder & CEO Small Business Majority
Washington, DC
{Testimony}

Ms. Sabrina Parsons
CEO Palo Alto Software
Eugene, OR
{Testimony}

Mr. J. Kelly Conklin
Co-Owner & Founder Foley Wait LLC
Kenilworth, NJ
{Testimony}

Mr. Thomas M. Sullivan
Vice President, Small Business Policy
Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
Washington, DC
{Testimony}

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