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  • Exporting 101 for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    Exporting 101 for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves Virtually every small business is interested in expanding its customer base. Exporting goods and services provides a tremendous opportunity for small businesses to reach new markets, find more customers and contribute more to the U.S. economy. The International Trade Commission reports that small businesses that exported saw average revenue growth of 37 percent from 2005-09 compared to a decline of 7 percent for companies that did not ex... Read more

  • Small Business Needs Big Tax Reform, Too
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Small Business Needs Big Tax Reform, Too By Chairman Sam Graves Small businesses are important to our economy and to our economic recovery, so why should they be forgotten in tax reform plans? President Obama's proposal on July 30 for a corporate tax cut completely ignores small businesses. Many of them already pay higher taxes and faced a tax hike at the beginning of the year, yet the President's flawed and incomplete plan only increases that inequity. The fact is that comprehensive tax reform... Read more

  • Mr. President, ObamaCare is Creating a Part Time Economy
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 1, 2013 | Preview rr

    Mr. President, ObamaCare is Creating a Part Time Economy By Chairman Graves August 1, 2013 President Obama’s recent pivot yet again to the economy has caused Americans to wonder why we remain in an economic rut. Although there are signs of improvement, why is our country's growth so sluggish and unemployment rate still high? A closer look at the June jobs numbers reveals a grave problem that is flying somewhat under the radar. And Friday’s unemployment announcement will most likely reveal the s... Read more

  • Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 22, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries By Chairman Graves July 22, 2013 Government red tape can sometimes reach far beyond what Congress ever intended, and into the realm of the ridiculous. Last week, the Washington Post provided an example. One small businessman, a magician, has an act that includes a small rabbit. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) required him to get a license for his rabbit, pay an annual fee, submit to surprise inspections of his home, and come up wit... Read more

  • The Growing Trade Opportunity Overseas for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Growing Trade Opportunity Overseas for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves July 11, 2013 The United States is trading internationally now more than ever, but only 1 percent of small businesses are part of this growth. That’s a number we can and should change, and the House Small Business Committee has ideas to help small firms take the next step. Over the last four years, despite economic sluggishness, U.S. exports increased by more than $630 billion. To put that in perspective, we saw ... Read more

  • Appreciation For Our Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 18, 2013 | Preview rr

    Appreciation For Our Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves June 18, 2013 Nearly half of all Americans in the private sector workforce have a firsthand appreciation of the value of small businesses to our economy. Why? Because they work for one. We all benefit greatly from the 28 million small firms that underpin the nation’s economy. They are innovators, responsible for 16 times more patents per employee than large companies. They help competitively drive down prices for consumers. And they a... Read more

  • Barriers Hamper Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Barriers Hamper Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves, Rep. Steve Chabot and Rep. Scott Tipton May 21, 2013 Although we’ve seen signs of a slowly improving economy, we must remember that our nation’s potential is far better than this. Despite the improved unemployment rate, there is a combination of data points that is cause for concern. April’s 165,000-job gain is slower than previous months, and the underemployment rate — which includes those who have stopped looking or settled for part-tim... Read more

  • $3M in Broken Promises to Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 20, 2013 | Preview rr

    $3M in Broken Promises to Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves May 20, 2013 In his 2013 State of the Union, President Barack Obama said, “[o]ur government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep.” When it comes to small business policies, the lofty promises have faded to pretensions. The House Small Business Committee has made it a priority to afford small businesses every opportunity to compete for federal contracts. On the campaign trail, the President made a similar promise, only to preside ... Read more

  • Obamacare’s Coming ‘Train Wreck’
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 10, 2013 | Preview rr

    Obamacare’s coming ‘train wreck’ By Chairman Sam Graves May 10, 2013 The health care law has the look of a plan that isn’t coming together, and the administration appears unable to foresee the outcome and stay a step ahead of the potential mess. The Wall Street Journal’s David Kessler totaled up the many changes and estimated 30 million to 40 million people will be damaged in some way by the new law. That’s a lot of disruption to a lot of lives, even if President Obama, from his comments at las... Read more

  • Graves in FoxNews.com: A Train Wreck for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    A Train Wreck for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves The health care law is “the most disruptive instrument to the American workplace in my lifetime.” That’s the perspective of Richmond businessman William J. Goldin, Jr., president of family-owned Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers since 1978, who testified before the Small Business Committee last week. Even proponents of the controversial health care law are now worried, as the predictable problems become a reality. Senate... Read more