ADVISORY: Hearings for the Week of March 10th
The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), announced the schedule for the week of March 10, 2014:
On Tuesday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), will hold a field hearing at Queens College in Queens, NY about access to entrepreneurial programs for underserved small businesses.
On Wednesday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m., the Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), will conduct a hearing titled The Rise of 3D Printing: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. This will serve as an informative hearing regarding how additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is creating opportunities for small businesses, and the importance of ensuring it can continue to do so. 3D printing is the process of creating three dimensional solid objects from a digital model, typically through the deposit of a material layer upon layer until an object is formed. The technology has been around since the 1980s, but a recent shift in the accessibility of 3D printers has led to an explosion in its use by consumers and entrepreneurs.
“3D printing has become more affordable within the last ten years, allowing small businesses and entrepreneurs to utilize this technology in innovative ways,” said Chairman Graves. “With any widespread emergence of a new technology, a discussion of future policies and regulations tends to arise. This hearing will provide an avenue to learn more about the technology and discuss how Washington policymakers can best respond.”
On Thursday, March 13, at 1:00 p.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, under the chairmanship of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), will conduct a hearing titled Made in the U.S.A.: Small Business and a New Manufacturing Renaissance. The hearing will examine the return of manufacturing activity to the United States that had largely been taking place overseas, a trend some refer to as “re-shoring,” and what the potential implications of this trend mean for small businesses.
“Our country's manufacturers are a dominant economic force and the lifeline of American competitiveness," said Chairman Rice. "We must examine how small businesses are impacted by a growth in domestic manufacturing so they can continue to thrive. I look forward to examining the economic trends driving manufacturing location decisions.”
Watch both Washington, D.C. hearings live HERE.
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EDT