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Assessing the Government’s Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One)

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing titled, “Assessing the Government’s Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One).” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Rural America, encompassing about 72% of our nation’s total land and about 46 million residents, plays a critical role in our economy. Yet, rural businesses face many unique challenges, such as access to capital, training, and technology. The hearing will examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service programs and Small Business Administration’s programs, and how these agencies can work together to support entrepreneurship, economic growth and business development in rural communities.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Ms. Bette Brand
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
USDA-Rural Development
Washington, DC

Ms. Michelle Christian
National Director, Office of Rural Affairs
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

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

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