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  • Chabot & SBC Republicans to FCC: Leave Small Business Alone!
    Posted in Press Releases on November 20, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology, Oversight

    Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and all twelve Republican Committee Members have sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to permanently exempt small businesses from the FCC’s burdensome Open Internet Order regulations. The letter was co-signed by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and every Republican member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. You can read the ... Read more

  • Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks WASHINGTON—Cybersecurity experts, small business, and financial institution leaders addressed the growing threat of cyber-crimes against American small businesses at today’s hearing entitled, “Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks.” “The American government, American businesses, and Americans themselves are attacked over the Internet on a daily basis,” Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said... Read more

  • Graves Disagrees With President Obama Net Neutrality Comments
    Posted in Press Releases on November 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statement in response to the President’s comments regarding net neutrality and regulating the Internet: “The Internet was born and bred from American ingenuity and innovation and has been one of, if not the most, successful drivers of economic growth here and abroad for the past 20 years. Small businesses have come to depend on and utilize the Internet in ways not even imagined two decades ago, allowing them to comp... Read more

  • Committee Examines Reforms to SBIR/STTR Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Technology, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the progress of recent programmatic changes to both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Under Chairman Graves’ leadership, Congress reauthorized the programs three years ago along with requirements that the agencies implement various reforms that will help spur wider participation from small firms and more effective commercializati... Read more

  • Committee Explores Risks and Benefits of Bitcoin Use by Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined Bitcoin adoption by small businesses. In the first Bitcoin hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee heard testimony on the potential risks and benefits involved. Bitcoins are a form of virtual currency first introduced in 2008 that allows users to exchange value digitally through the Internet. Despite not being backed by a government or holding any intrinsic value of their own, Bitco... Read more

  • Committee Examines Rise of 3D Printing Technology and Small Business Impacts
    Posted in Press Releases on March 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing on the rapid expansion of 3D printing and the entrepreneurial opportunities the technology affords small businesses. The Committee examined how 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is creating growth avenues for small businesses, and the importance of ensuring these innovations continue. 3D printing is the process of creating three dimensional solid objects from a digital model, typically thr... Read more

  • Committee Examines Economic Potential of Wireless Innovations from Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing on the impact of wireless technology on small business growth and the overall economy, and the potential challenges and barriers that could limit growth. The Committee received testimony from small businesses that create or rely on innovative wireless technologies about the economic benefits of these advances, and the need for spectrum so that expansion continues. Demand for mobile data soared by 62 percent in ... Read more

  • Committee Examines Rise of Peer-to-Peer Businesses and Their Ability to Create Jobs in a Changing Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing examining the rise of peer-to-peer (P2P) businesses and their evolving role in economic growth, innovation and job creation. A P2P business creates a platform which acts as a conduit between buyers and sellers or entrepreneurs and consumers. Forbes estimated in 2013 that revenue from the so-called sharing economy was likely to surpass $3.5 billion. While the economic effects are still being analyzed, it appears... Read more

  • Collins Subcommittee Highlights Rapid Economic Growth of Mobile Medical App Entrepreneurs
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), held a hearing to highlight the contributions of mobile applications (apps) entrepreneurs to economic growth and improved health care. Witnesses also discussed how Washington regulations are helping or stifling innovation. “The medical app industry is growing by leaps and bounds, providing economic opportunities and improving patient-focused health care in a digital age,” said Chairma... Read more

  • Hearing Examines Patent Reform Law and Safeguards for Small Business Innovations
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing examining the changes in the patent system, and how to best protect the innovations of small businesses as new challenges arise. The Committee heard testimony on the changing landscape of patent law and the effects on small firms, which develop 16 times more patents per employee than large companies. The hearing included discussion of Patent Assertion Entities, or “patent trolls,” and a... Read more