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  • ‘Waters of the U.S.' Rule Burdens Small Business: House Committee
    Posted in Articles on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    ‘Waters of the U.S.' Rule Burdens Small Business: House Committee Bloomberg Government On its website to alert small businesses to burdensome federal regulations, the House Small Business Committee added April 23 the recently proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule, published April 21, that would bring under federal jurisdiction all tributa... Read more

  • House Panel Says ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal is Burdensome to Small Business
    Posted in Articles on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Says ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal is Burdensome to Small Business By Amena H. Saiyid, Bloomberg Government The House Small Business Committee April 23 added the recently proposed rule that would clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands to its website alerting small businesses to burdensome federal regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule April 21 that would bring under federal jur... Read more

  • Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting
    Posted in Articles on April 14, 2014 | Preview rr

    Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting By Austin Wright, Politico In his latest bid to boost the federal government’s work with small businesses, Rep. Sam Graves is seeking to hitch a measure to an upcoming must-pass defense policy bill. The chairman of the House Small Business Committee wants to raise the government’s target percentage for prime contracts awarded to small businesses from 23 percent to 25 percent, or the equivalent of $10 billion in annual new work for small businesse... Read more

  • Committee Urged to Attach Small Business Contracting Bills to DOD Annual Authorization » Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on April 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Committee Urged to Attach Small Business Contracting Bills to DOD Annual Authorization » Contracting Bills By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government Members of the House Small Business Committee April 9 made a case to the House Armed Services Committee for using the annual defense authorization bill to increase small firms' access to federal contracting programs. Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) was joined by Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) in asking t... Read more

  • Complexity, Changing Language of Tax Code Plague Small Businesses, New Study Says» Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on April 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Complexity, Changing Language of Tax Code Plague Small Businesses, New Study Says» Contracting Bills By Marc Heller and Casey Wooten, Bloomberg Government Key Development: Small businesses report that the time and money spent complying with the tax code drags down their bottom line. Next Steps: Congress works on a tax code overhaul, while a separate bill to renew certain tax breaks advances. April 9 (BNA) -- A majority of small businesses surveyed recently said that the complexity of the tax cod... Read more

  • House Panel Recommends Cuts to SBA FY 2015 Budget, but Boosts Contract Staff
    Posted in Articles on March 25, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Recommends Cuts to SBA FY 2015 Budget, but Boosts Contract Staff» Contracting Bills By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government The House Small Business Committee recommended reducing the Small Business Administration's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget of close to $865 million by $50 million. The “views and estimates” document marked up by the panel and sent to the House Budget Committee would zero out the $39 million requested for entrepreneurial education and outreach initiatives and... Read more

  • SBA Budget Request Faulted for Failing To Address Problems in Identifying SBs
    Posted in Articles on March 24, 2014 | Preview rr

    SBA Budget Request Faulted for Failing To Address Problems in Identifying SBs By Bloomberg Government The System for Award Management (SAM) and the Small Business Administration's Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database do not reliably identify small business government contractors, according to a House Small Business Committee memo on the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the SBA. The memo faults the SBA's proposed FY 2014 budget request for not identifying resources to remedy this iss... Read more

  • House Panel Approves Small Business» Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Approves Small Business» Contracting Bills By Cristina Marcos and David Michaels, CQ Roll Call The House «Small Business» Committee on Wednesday advanced seven measures that would facilitate «small business»’ access to federal contracts. “When «small businesses» compete for these contracts, there’s something that happens: jobs,” said House «Small Business» Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo. “Helping small firms secure these opportunities fosters job growth, helps «small businesses»... Read more

  • Indications Show 23 Percent Goal For Small Business Contracting Met in 2013
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr

    Indications Show 23 Percent Goal For Small Business Contracting Met in 2013 By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government Government agencies for the first time since 2005 appear to have met the goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contracts to small businesses, leaders of the House Small Business Committee said March 5. Although the Small Business Administration has not finalized the tally of federal contracts awarded to small businesses, it appears the government has reached the 23 percent goal, ... Read more

  • Start-Up, Small-Business CFOs Flock to Twitter: Study
    Posted in Articles on February 27, 2014 | Preview rr

    ​ Start-Up, Small-Business CFOs Flock to Twitter: Study By Maxwell Murphy, February 27, 2014 Almost no chief financial officers at large companies are on Twitter, but roughly 500 finance executives at small companies have active accounts, according to new research by Leadtail Inc., a social-media marketing consultant. That’s an infinitesimal slice of Twitter’s roughly 240 million users, and they skew toward startups and closely held firms, according to Carter Hostelley, Leadtail’s chief executiv... Read more