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  • 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

  • Shrinking the Skills Gap: How Small Businesses are Confronting a Big Problem
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGON—Today, Members of the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access heard from a panel of small business owners and experts on the solutions that exist to combat the small business workforce shortage. “The American economy is creating jobs at historic rates. Over 1 million jobs have been created so far this year, the unemployment rate is at an 18 year low of 3.8 percent, and there are now more vacant jobs than unemployed job seekers in the Unit... Read more

  • Small Business Committee Examines the Impact of Category Management on the Small Business Industrial Base
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues, Technology

    WASHINGTON—Today, Members of the House Small Business Committee examined the Executive Branch’s approach to utilizing Category Management (CM) principles and the impact it may have on small businesses and the industrial base. CM are a set of procurement approaches attempting to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and deliver value all while saving the taxpayers money. “While Category Management can be useful in tracking the federal government’s purchasing habits in order to identify eff... Read more

  • SBC Examines How Small Businesses Empower People with Developmental Disabilities
    Posted in Press Releases on May 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON—Today, Members of the House Committee on Small Business heard testimony from a panel of small business owners and experts on developmental disabilities on how those with differing abilities have an essential role in the small business economy. “One segment of American society that is often overlooked when discussing economic opportunities through new job growth is the special needs community,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “Given the innovation, flexibility, and diversity of smal... Read more

  • SBC Presses Agencies on Why Few are Abiding by Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON—This week, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Ranking Member Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) sent letters to several heads of agencies on why their agencies have not been adhering to federal law requiring them to comply with Section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). Section 212 of SBREFA requires agencies to publish a small entity compliance guide for every rule that has a significant impact on a substantial number of small businesses under the Regulatory... Read more

  • Connecting Small Businesses with their Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on April 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform , Health, Access to Capital, Energy, Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Rural America, Contracting, International Trade, Workplace Issues, Technology, Disaster Assistance, Environment

    WASHINGTON – Today, Members of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations heard from a panel of experts on entrepreneurial development and the interdependent relationship between a community and small businesses. “With 29.6 million small businesses employing 47.8 percent of the workforce, small business success is essential to the economic well-being of both individual communities throughout the country as well as our nation overall. While there ar... Read more

  • Advancing Apprenticeships for Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues, Technology

    WASHINGTON—Today, the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce heard from a panel of witnesses on apprenticeship initiatives—specifically, the Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program, which combines on-the-job learning and related technical instruction. “The Small Business Committee has heard many accounts of the skills gap and its detrimental impact on small businesses and the American economy,” said Subcommittee Chairman Steve Knight (R-CA). “To comba... Read more

  • Occupational Hazards: How Excessive Licensing Hurts Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON – Today, Subcommittee Chairman Dave Brat (R-VA) and the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access held a hearing on occupational licensing and its excessive impact on American small businesses. “The percentage of the workforce that requires an occupational license has increased from less than 5 percent in the 1950s to almost 33 percent today,” said Subcommittee Chairman Dave Brat. “But one of the most telling statistics about licensing is that while there are 1,100 occu... Read more