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  • 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

  • Collins Subcommittee Examines Small Business Cyber-Security Challenges With New Technologies
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (R-NY) today led a hearing to examine the increased volume and complexity of cyber-attacks on small business, especially as new technologies present new challenges, and the role of the federal government in helping address cyber-security issues. “It is nearly impossible to conduct business today without the Internet and a strong digital infrastructure,” said Chairman Collins (R-NY). “Cyber-criminal attacks on small... Read more

  • Hearing on Expanding Broadband Access with Three Federal Agencies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business today held a hearing appraising the role of the federal government in expanding broadband access to small businesses across the country. The Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), expressed the need to bring more access and certainty to rural and unserved areas. “One of the most important tools the Internet offers to businesses is the ability to access the global electronic marketplace,” said Chairman Graves. “Increased access will allow ... Read more

  • Ellmers Requests Update From Sebellius on Health IT Safety Concerns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), inquiring about whether the Department has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for improving the safety of health information technology (IT). The report, issued in November, recommended several steps to be taken by HHS and called for greater oversight by the public and private sectors. The IOM... Read more

  • Graves Applauds FCC’s Decision To Block Lightsquared
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to block LightSquared’s planned broadband network due to its interference with the Global Positioning System (GPS): “Broadband investment provides substantial benefits to both consumers, small business owners, and the overall economy particularly in e-commerce, agriculture, education, health care, and other sectors. But our position has always been that Lig... Read more