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The Role of the SBA’s 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Opportunities

0 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 11:30

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “The Role of the SBA’s 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Opportunities.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The SBA’s 8(a) program was designed as a business development program to help disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. The program helps thousands of small businesses start and grow by competing for government contracts and in doing so, assists local communities. Nevertheless, the program has faced several challenges throughout the years. The hearing will examine how the program operates, the benefits to entrepreneurs and communities, and steps Congress can take to improve the effectiveness and oversight of the program.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Ralph C. Thomas III
Executive Director Emeritus & Representative of the National Association of Minority Contractors
Law Offices of Ralph C. Thomas III PLLC
Washington, DC

Ms. Dottie Li
Founder and CEO
TransPacific Communications
Cheverly, MD

Mr. Clarence McAllister
Fortis Networks
Phoenix, AZ

Ms. Rebecca Askew
CEO & General Counsel
Circuit Media LLC
Denver, CO

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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