SBC Requests GAO Provide a Report on SBA’s Hurricane Disaster Relief Programs

WASHINGTON—Recently, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Ranking Member Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) sent a letter to the Honorable Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), requesting a report on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) performance during the past hurricane season. “SBA is a resource for millions of people who have been victims of natural disasters across our nation,” said Chairman Steve Chabot. “As we examine disaster relief efforts at the SBA, it is criti... [...]

Exploring the State of Western Kentucky’s Small Businesses

PADUCAH, KENTUCKY—Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a field hearing in Congressman James Comer’s (R-KY) congressional district on the state of Western Kentucky’s small businesses and what recommendations they have about federal policies. “Small businesses were responsible for 1.9 million net new jobs in 2015 (including more than 17,000 net new jobs in Kentucky),” said Congressman James Comer. “As most of you know, Paducah is a dynamic, fast-growing city that engages its citizens and is recognized as a regional leader on many lev... [...]

Rep. Kelly Examines Small Businesses in Rural America

MISSISSIPPI – This afternoon, the House Small Business Committee held a field hearing in Southaven, Mississippi to examine issues facing rural small businesses including access to capital, lack of reliable broadband, and finding qualified employees. Subcommittee Chairman on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Trent Kelly (R-MS) said, “Although the economy is getting stronger, rural America is still recovering from the 2008 recession. Today we asked these small business owners to share with us problems they are still facing so we can shar... [...]

Shrinking the Skills Gap: How Small Businesses are Confronting a Big Problem

WASHINGON—Today, Members of the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access heard from a panel of small business owners and experts on the solutions that exist to combat the small business workforce shortage. “The American economy is creating jobs at historic rates. Over 1 million jobs have been created so far this year, the unemployment rate is at an 18 year low of 3.8 percent, and there are now more vacant jobs than unemployed job seekers in the United States,” said Subcommittee Chairman Dave Brat (... [...]

Small Business Committee Examines the Impact of Category Management on the Small Business Industrial Base

WASHINGON—Today, Members of the House Small Business Committee examined the Executive Branch’s approach to utilizing Category Management (CM) principles and the impact it may have on small businesses and the industrial base. CM are a set of procurement approaches attempting to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and deliver value all while saving the taxpayers money. “While Category Management can be useful in tracking the federal government’s purchasing habits in order to identify efficiencies and keep contracting costs down, the prop... [...]