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  • 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

  • Washington Post: Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal
    Posted in Articles on January 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Access to Capital, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Technology, Oversight

    Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal By J.D. Harrison, Washington Post Lawmakers and small business advocacy groups today applauded the President Obama’s decision to add a cabinet seat for the head of the Small Business Administration, but many were hesitant to back his broader proposal to restructure part of the federal government. On the heels of the president’s announcement that SBA Administrator Karen Mills would join his cabinet, Senator Mary... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on The Free Trade Agreements
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Graves: “Small businesses have been waiting on more exporting opportunities for far too long” House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on today's House vote on the three pending free trade agreements, H.R. 3078 - United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, H.R. 3079 - United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, and H.R. 3080 - United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: “The fre... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Firms Face Hurdles Overseas
    Posted in Articles on August 25, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Firms Face Hurdles Overseas By Angus Loten, Wall Street Journal August 25, 2011 When Nancy Simmons was contacted by customers in Brazil about buying refurbished aerospace parts from her Orlando, Fla., plant, she wasn't sure how to handle the language barrier. None of her eight employees spoke Portuguese, and she didn't have the resources to pay for a local team in Brazil. She wound up turning to a Portuguese-speaking neighbor to help negotiate the deal. Spurred by lower demand at home and a che... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Small Firms Need New Markets
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 10, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Small Firms Need New Markets By Rep. Sam Graves May 9, 2011 Navigating the trials of international trade barriers is akin to “watching a cow poke its head through a sharp barbwire fence and struggle to get that next piece of greenery,” said John Taylor, President of T-Tech Inc., a leading manufacturer of printed circuit board prototyping systems. Located in Norcross, with 15 employees, T-Tech opened its doors in 1983 and started exporting in 1988. Despite the cumbersome trade process, exports n... Read more

  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 10, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Small Firms Need New Markets By Rep. Sam Graves May 9, 2011 Navigating the trials of international trade barriers is akin to “watching a cow poke its head through a sharp barbwire fence and struggle to get that next piece of greenery,” said John Taylor, President of T-Tech Inc., a leading manufacturer of printed circuit board prototyping systems. Located in Norcross, with 15 employees, T-Tech opened its doors in 1983 and started exporting in 1988. Despite the cumbersome trade process, exports n... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Previews National Small Business Week
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, International Trade

    Chairman Graves Previews National Small Business Week Next week, May 16-20th, will mark the 48th annual National Small Business Week, a recognized time to celebrate the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. Republican Members of the House Small Business Committee will celebrate American small firms by holding small business forums and listening sessions in their Congressional districts across America. “As National Small Business Week approaches, it is importan... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Previews National Small Business Week
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Access to Capital, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade

    Chairman Graves Previews National Small Business Week Next week, May 16-20th, will mark the 48th annual National Small Business Week, a recognized time to celebrate the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. Republican Members of the House Small Business Committee will celebrate American small firms by holding small business forums and listening sessions in their Congressional districts across America. “As National Small Business Week approaches, it is important... Read more

  • Small Business Owners Join Chairman Graves In Calling for Swift Passage of Pending Free Trade Agreements
    Posted in Press Releases on April 6, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    WASHINGTON—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today called for swift passage of the pending free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea during a House Small Business full committee hearing. Trade agreements with all three countries were concluded in 2007; however, no action was taken during the 110th or 111th Congresses. Furthermore, in July, the Colombia-Canada and European Union-Korea free trade agreements will go into effect, placing American small businesses ... Read more

  • Graves Names Rep. Scott Tipton Chair of Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) announced today that Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) will chair the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. “As the co-founder of a successful family-owned small business with international sales, Scott Tipton will bring fresh insight to our work to help American entrepreneurs compete in the global marketplace,” said Chairman Graves. Upon being named Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Tipton stated, “I’m honored to serve on the Small B... Read more