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  • House Panel Approves Small Business» Contracting Bills
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Panel Approves Small Business» Contracting Bills By Cristina Marcos and David Michaels, CQ Roll Call The House «Small Business» Committee on Wednesday advanced seven measures that would facilitate «small business»’ access to federal contracts. “When «small businesses» compete for these contracts, there’s something that happens: jobs,” said House «Small Business» Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo. “Helping small firms secure these opportunities fosters job growth, helps «small businesses»... Read more

  • Indications Show 23 Percent Goal For Small Business Contracting Met in 2013
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr

    Indications Show 23 Percent Goal For Small Business Contracting Met in 2013 By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg Government Government agencies for the first time since 2005 appear to have met the goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contracts to small businesses, leaders of the House Small Business Committee said March 5. Although the Small Business Administration has not finalized the tally of federal contracts awarded to small businesses, it appears the government has reached the 23 percent goal, ... Read more

  • Start-Up, Small-Business CFOs Flock to Twitter: Study
    Posted in Articles on February 27, 2014 | Preview rr

    ​ Start-Up, Small-Business CFOs Flock to Twitter: Study By Maxwell Murphy, February 27, 2014 Almost no chief financial officers at large companies are on Twitter, but roughly 500 finance executives at small companies have active accounts, according to new research by Leadtail Inc., a social-media marketing consultant. That’s an infinitesimal slice of Twitter’s roughly 240 million users, and they skew toward startups and closely held firms, according to Carter Hostelley, Leadtail’s chief executiv... Read more

  • CMS Actuary: ACA Will Raise Premiums For 11M People, Reduce Them for 6M
    Posted in Articles on February 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    CMS Actuary: ACA Will Raise Premiums For 11M People, Reduce Them for 6M By Sara Hansard | February 24, 2014 07:22PM ET CMS Actuary Report Basis of Report: Premium estimate is based on ACA provisions requiring guaranteed issue, guaranteed renewability and community ratings. Comments: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) say the report shows that two-thirds of Americans who work for small businesses will see premium increases. Feb. 24 ... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: High Costs of SEC Approach Would Stymie Success of Crowdfunding, Commenters Warn
    Posted in Articles on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr

    High Costs of SEC Approach Would Stymie Success of Crowdfunding, Commenters Warn By Yin Wilczek February 5, 2014 In recent comment letters, small businesses and other industry representatives warned that the Securities and Exchange Commission must lower the costs for issuers and intermediaries if equity-based crowdfunding is to be viable. Many commenters, including the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, also are questioning the commission's estimated compliance costs for those ... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Graves Wants Disclosure Adjustments In Proposed SEC Crowdfunding Rules
    Posted in Articles on February 4, 2014 | Preview rr

    Graves Wants Disclosure Adjustments In Proposed SEC Crowdfunding Rules By Rob Tricchinelli February 4, 2014 The Securities and Exchange Commission should relax some of its proposed rules on crowdfunding, the chairman of the House Small Business Committee told the agency in a Feb. 3 comment letter. The letter from Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) recommended that the SEC change its proposed disclosure thresholds and audit requirements, as well as the mandated accounting methods and limits on intermediari... Read more

  • Bloomberg Government: House Committee Urging Small Businesses To Comment on Silica, Reporting Proposals
    Posted in Articles on January 22, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Committee Urging Small Businesses To Comment on Silica, Reporting Proposals January 22, 2014 By Stephen Lee (BNA) House Republicans said they are eyeing Occupational Safety and Health Administration rulemakings on silica exposure and electronic recordkeeping and urging small business owners to submit comments to the agency's docket. The Jan. 10 fact sheet issued by the House Small Business Committee gives a clear signal of Republicans' intent to keep pushing back against President Barack ... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Rep. Graves: Management Failures of SHOP Marketplaces Part of 'Disturbing Trend'
    Posted in Articles on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Bloomberg BNA: Rep. Graves: Management Failures of SHOP Marketplaces Part of 'Disturbing Trend' December 11, 2013 By Sara Hansgard (BNA) The management failures of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act are part of a “disturbing trend” exhibited by the Obama administration in implementing the law, the chairman of the House Small Business Committee said at a hearing Dec. 11. “Small firms are burdened already by the health-care law's... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Health-Care Law Business Aggregation Rules Cause Confusion for Small Businesses
    Posted in Articles on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Health-Care Law Business Aggregation Rules Cause Confusion for Small Businesses December 04, 2013 By Sara Hansard (BNA) -- Affordable Care Act rules that determine whether a business must provide health insurance to employees or make large “shared responsibility” payments are too complicated for most small companies and should be changed, a panel of witnesses testified Dec. 4 at a House Small Business Committee hearing. Employers with the equivalent of at least 50 full-time employ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair
    Posted in Articles on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr

    Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair By Sarah E. Needleman December 4, 2013 Donna Baker of Adrian, Mich., owns an accounting firm, payroll company and retail store. Her husband, Kim, is the sixth generation owner of a dairy farm. While the four businesses are separate entities, they count as one employer under the health-care law due to a technicality — Mrs. Baker is a minority stakeholder in the 1,800-acre property that her husband’s farm sits on, plus she h... Read more