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  • GAO Report: Better Management of Trade Programs Are Needed to Help Small Businesses Export
    Posted in Press Releases on August 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report today confirming that the federal government needs to better manage, collaborate and promote trade programs so that export resources can be more efficient, ultimately leading to more small business exports. The report also recommends that Congress have a stronger oversight role to ensure that agencies don't duplicate actions, which leads to a more efficient use of taxpayer funding. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves... Read more

  • Small Businesses Outline Priorities for New U.S. Trade Representative
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today heard testimony from a diverse panel of small business leaders on their recommendations for the new United States Trade Representative (USTR) on how to promote exports by small companies and create American jobs. Last week, the United States launched trade negotiations with the European Union that could shape the future for small businesses in world markets, and Michael Froman was sworn in as the new USTR to advance Ame... Read more

  • NSBA Survey Proves Small Businesses Need A Simplified Trade Process
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed new survey findings on small business export trends and highlighted Committee Member-sponsored legislation to build on growing interest in world markets. The 2013 Small Business Exporting Survey, released today by the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and its international trade arm, the Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA), found growth in small business exports over the past three years and a surging inter... 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

  • Tipton Subcommittee Examines Policies That Would Increase Small Business Exports
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today led a hearing on the obstacles and barriers that deter small businesses from participating in international trade. In addition to exposing challenges facing small business exporters, the hearing highlighted trade policy initiatives for the 113th Congress. “Considering that less than one percent of all American small businesses export, Washington should be doing everything possible to help open n... Read more

  • Subcommittee Exposes Harmful Impact of Non-Tariff Barriers to Farm Exports and Rural Economic Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, International Trade

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today held a hearing on the impact of foreign sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures on small family farms and agriculture exports. SPS measures are non-tariff food requirements from foreign nations intended to protect the health and safety of their populations and environments. While SPS measures permit all nations to ban products that are unsafe, in too many instances foreig... Read more

  • Committee Examines Small Business Participation in the U.S. Trade Strategy
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing to examine the role of small business in the U.S. Trade Strategy and the challenges that lay ahead for small businesses who want to enter the trade marketplace. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) testified on the status of current trade negotiations and the overall strategy to open new markets for United States goods and services. “Small business plays an important role in our eco... Read more

  • Graves & Tipton Introduce Small Business Trade Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) will today introduce legislation that will strengthen the coordination of the federal export promotion agencies and help more small businesses export. Although 95 percent of the business purchasing market exists outside the U.S., many small firms do not have the resources and personnel to utilize these opportunities, and rely heavily on federal and ... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in Politico: What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Energy, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Oversight

    What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech By Chairman Sam Graves January 23, 2012 What do small-business owners want from the government? The short answer: Move out of the way. Eight out of 10 small-business owners say they want the government to stay out of the way instead of providing a “helping hand,” according to a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey. Eighty-six percent said they would rather have more certainty than more assistance. As President Barack Obama g... Read more

  • Graves Statement On President's Decision To Elevate SBA, Proposal To Consolidate Agencies
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the President's decision to elevate the Small Business Administration (SBA) to Cabinet-level status and reorganize several commerce and trade-related agencies into one department: “I hope that by elevating the SBA Administrator to a cabinet-level official, the President becomes more sensitive to the needs of small businesses, including their need for more certainty from Washington. This platform cou... Read more