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Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship

Finkenauer Explores Impact of Childcare on Small Business and Local Economies

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Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Chairwoman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship gathered small business owners and an education expert to examine the impact that childcare has on small business and regional economies. “When parents can’t access affordable childcare, the effects are felt across our economy,... Read more »

Finkenauer Seeks to Expand Opportunity for Small Businesses in the Green Economy

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Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Chairwoman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development Agriculture and Trade held a hearing focused on supporting small businesses in the clean energy sector. Small companies have been driving growth in this fast-growing sector, with an estimated 70% of employees in the industry working for a small business. “Small busines... Read more »

Statement of The Hon. Abby Finkenauer on Growing the Clean Energy Economy

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As the Congresswoman from Iowa’s First Congressional District, I know how important clean energy and renewable fuels are to our economy and our environment. As this sector continues to grow and become a driving force in the global economy, businesses—large and small—are looking to take advantage of these new opportunities. By reducing emissions, supporting renewable energy, and increasing energy e... Read more »

Finkenauer Looks to Expand Resources for Next Generation of Farmers

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, under Chairwoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) gathered young farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs to discuss the issues that they face and ways that Congress can support them. "The future of our rural economy truly depends on this next generation," said Chairwoman Finkenauer. ... Read more »

Finkenauer Convenes Small Business Owners, Experts to Talk Improving Trade Program

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship under Chairwoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) held a hearing focused on the current state of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). Members had the opportunity to hear from small business owners and economic development professionals regar... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Abby Finkenauer on The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers

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As a Congresswoman from Iowa’s First Congressional District, whose sister and brother in law are corn and soybean farmers, I’ve watched first hand the last few years as retaliation from the current trade wars have caused unease, uncertainty and economic losses across the heartland. Now, trade issues are coming to the forefront of national conversations with implications for nearly every sector of ... Read more »

Finkenauer Holds Hearing to Promote Rural Small Business Exports

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Chairwoman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship convened a panel of government officials to hear how Congress can help more small firms, especially in rural areas, export their products. The hearing focused specifically on how Congress can improve the State Trade and Expansion Program... Read more »

Statement of Chairwoman Abby Finkenauer on the Challenges in SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program

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As someone who grew up in small town Iowa, I am thrilled to be leading this important Subcommittee focused on rural development. We have an opportunity to give folks in districts like mine - and Ranking Member Joyce’s - a seat at the table for the important conversations like the one today on helping farmers and small businesses export their products. It is no secret that for rural entrepreneurs a... Read more »

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