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Congresswoman Ellmers: SBIR Program Creates Jobs and Sparks Economic Growth

Washington, April 7, 2011 -

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, today held a hearing to examine ways to better improve and strengthen the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This is the second in a series of committee events related to SBIR reauthorization this year.

“We should be examining and utilizing every possible avenue that will create American jobs and spark economic growth,” said Ellmers. “The SBIR program does both—and without any additional federal funding.

“SBIR enables small businesses to unleash their ingenuity and take risks to create products beneficial for the government, as well as, commercial use. In fact, SBIR is recognized as one of the country’s most important engines of innovation. Expanding opportunities for small businesses—America’s job creators—will help get our economy back on the right track and Americans back on the job.

“As chairwoman of the Healthcare and Technology subcommittee, I will remain committed to strengthening the SBIR program and moving it swiftly to the House floor for reauthorization.” 

To view Chairwoman Ellmers opening statement, witness testimony and related hearing documents,
click here.