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  • ICYMI: Chairman Chabot Praises Passage of Small Business Intellectual Property Bills
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues, Technology

    WASHINGTON – This week, President Trump signed S. 791, the Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017, into law. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 2655, which passed the House in July and was led by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The Small Business Innovation Protection Act will expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses by establishing a partnership between the United States Small Business... Read more

  • ICYMI: Chairman Chabot Op-ed on How Opioids are Affecting Small Businesses
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on October 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) wrote an op-ed for the Cincinnati Enquirer on how the opioid crisis is affecting small businesses and how the Committee is addressing this important issue. “... According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small business optimism is at a 45-year high. But they have also expressed concern over a new problem: a lack of qualified workers. “While this may be due to a number of d... Read more

  • SBC Examines Workforce Shortage in Aviation Industry
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing to examine the pilot and mechanic shortage in the aviation industry, specifically within small businesses. While the shortage has been widely documented, the impact to small firms operating as part of this pipeline remains unexamined. “With airlines growing and their need for pilots and mechanics ever increasing, small businesses are particularly vulnerable to losing their workforce... Read more

  • Small Businesses and the Opioid Crisis: Here's What You Need to Know
    Posted in Blog on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    There’s no question the economy is soaring and with small business optimism at a record high, there’s much to be hopeful about. Employees are the lifeblood of a small business, and currently 25 percent of small businesses cite difficulty in finding qualified workers as their single biggest problem. In a survey by Private Capital Index, 54 percent of small businesses report they plan on hiring between 1 to 5 people in the next six months, but with the lack of qualified labor, attracting and retai... Read more

  • Cleveland.com: Opioid Epidemic Reduces Small Business Labor Force
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on September 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – Last week, the House Committee on Small Business held a full committee hearing on how the opioid crisis is affecting small business, specifically the decline in the labor force participation rate. The discussion included Katie Van Dyke, Director of Cleveland State University’s Ohio Small Business Development Center, as outlined by Cleveland.com below: “The opioid crisis poses major challenges to small businesses in Ohio as employers in rural and urban areas alike have trouble findin... Read more

  • Chairman Chabot Applauds NLRB’s Decision to Restore Joint Employer Standard
    Posted in Press Releases on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its proposed rule on the joint-employer standard: “The NLRB’s decision to restore the joint-employer standard is welcome news for small businesses everywhere. Job creators and innovators deserve certainty that they can continue to operate their businesses locally and independently. The Obama-era scheme jeopardizes small ... Read more

  • SBC Discusses How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to explore the effects of the opioid crisis on small businesses. Specifically, Members examined the decline in the labor force participation rate due to the epidemic and the challenges that small businesses experience in finding qualified workers as a result. “The American economy is soaring. Significant growth is occurring as we speak and Americans, especially entrepreneurs, are once again optimistic about the future of th... Read more

  • ICYMI: Small Business Owners More Optimistic Than Ever
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on August 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform , Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – This week, Wells Fargo/Gallup released a survey touting the record-high optimism U.S. small business owners’ are experiencing, the highest in 15 years. According to the report: Cash flow and positive financial situation are strong drivers of optimism. 78 percent of small business owners rate their current financial situation as very or somewhat good, compared with 73 percent in the second quarter of 2018. 69 percent of small business owners rate their cash flow in the past 12 months... Read more

  • SBC Learns How Communities that Think Small—Win Big
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON—Today, Members of the House Committee on Small Business heard from a panel of local officials on the way their communities have developed thriving small business ecosystems. “Every small business ecosystem relies on a delicate balance of support and resources to survive,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “The creation of a healthy ecosystem requires significant investment by all participants: small business owners, support organizations, and policymakers. Policymakers and support or... Read more

  • Chairman Chabot Applauds New DOL Rule on Association Health Plans
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new rule on Association Health Plans: “Today’s actions by the Department of Labor are a life raft to the 30 million American small businesses and startups struggling with the burdensome regulations Obamacare imposed on them. I applaud Secretary Acosta and the Trump Administration for expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs), thus allowing... Read more