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Houlahan Holds Hearing Aimed at Empowering Socially Responsible Small Businesses

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), conducted a hearing focused on how small businesses incorporate social and environmental responsibility into their business model and ways that Congress can support them. The hearing gave members the chance to look at how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can provide a more sustainable economi... Read more »

Velázquez Announces Prison to Proprietorship Legislation to Extend Entrepreneurial Development Training to Federal Prisons & Formerly Incarcerated

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Washington, D.C.— On Monday, at a press event at New York City Hall, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) announced a set of bills to fight mass incarceration by launching entrepreneurial training initiatives for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. Studies show that returning citizens are often me... Read more »

Prison to Proprietorship and Government Contracting Reforms Pass Small Business Committee

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee passed four bipartisan reforms to amend the Small Business Act. The measures will launch entrepreneurship training programs for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, protect fast-growing small businesses, and lower barriers to entry for small firms in government contracting. “I am proud that both Democrats and Republicans on this co... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez on Passage of Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters Act

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to improve access to small business disaster assistance. S. 862, the Rebuilding Small Businesses After Disasters Act, extends for three additional years the current $25,000 minimum disaster loan amount for which the SBA may require collateral. Already passed in the Senate, the bill now moves to the President’s desk for his si... Read more »

Velázquez Targets New Technology as Tool to Empower Small Medical Practices

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee under Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) held a hearing focused on ensuring that the medical workforce has the training necessary to take advantage of emerging medical technologies. In recent years, new technologies like virtual reality, telehealth, and electronic health records have appeared as a potential solution to problems facing both... Read more »

House Passes Five Committee Bills focused on Veteran Entrepreneurship

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House passed a set of bipartisan bills to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities for military veterans. The bills improve and update several SBA programs meant to facilitate veteran entrepreneurship. “The brave men and women who sacrifice so much to protect their country deserve every opportunity to continue their great contribution by starting a business when they get ... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez on October Jobs Report

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement after the Labor Department released its October jobs statement, in which 128,000 jobs were added to the economy: “Today’s job numbers, combined with the sharp drop in business investment over the past two quarters and stagnating wage growth for American workers, raise signifi... Read more »

Velázquez Seeks to Address Concerns of Small Businesses in Outdoor Recreation Industry

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee under Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) met for a hearing centered on the issues facing small businesses in the outdoor recreation industry (ORI). ORI has become an integral part of the U.S. economy, contributing more to gross domestic product (GDP) than mining, utilities, and chemical product manufacturing. “With more than 146 million Am... Read more »

Crow Looks to Close Skills Gap in the Clean Energy Sector

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development under Chairman Jason Crow (D-CO) assembled for a hearing focused on workforce development issues facing small businesses in the clean energy sector. Overall, small firms in the clean and renewable energy industry are experiencing workforce shortages that inhibit their ability to grow and meet con... Read more »

Velázquez Seeks to Utilize Entrepreneurship to Fight Mass Incarceration

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee, led by Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), convened a panel of formerly incarcerated individuals and a representative from a key Small Business Administration (SBA) resource partner for a hearing examining how entrepreneurship can be utilized to provide a second chance for those that have been released from prison. “Returning citizens ... Read more »

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