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The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy

January 19, 2022

EventID=114327 Representing nearly 5.2 million American workers, the arts sector is a major component of the economy. Unfortunately, this industry has been exceptionally hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery has been slower than many others. The hearing will provide recommendations for ...

  • Review of SBA’s Top Management and Performance Challenges in FY 2022 and SBA OIG’s Semiannual Report January 12, 2022

    Each year, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases a report on the most significant management and performance challenges facing SBA. The goal is to focus attention on issues to enhance the effectiveness of the agency and its programs. In addition, every six months the OIG submits a report on its independent oversight of the SBA. The hearing will cover issues related to SBA’s management of its programs related to pandemic relief, contracting and couns...

  • A Discussion with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman November 16, 2021

    The Honorable Isabella Casillas Guzman serves as the 27th Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Members will hear about Administrator Guzman’s vision for the agency as it emerges from the pandemic and discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for small businesses.

  • The Community College Pipeline to Small Businesses November 4, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114208 Community colleges and the services they provide are an essential part of the COVID-19 recovery effort. From workforce development initiatives, like apprenticeships and job training, to innovation and entrepreneurial development programs, like incubators and accelerators, community colleges are central to rebuilding local economies and retooling the American workforce. Members will hear from educational leaders on the way...

  • Entrepreneurship in the New Economy November 3, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114201 The COVID-19 pandemic hit small businesses particularly hard, yet the number of startups across the country surged in 2020. The boom in entrepreneurship is not only unexpected but reversing four decades of steady declines. This hearing will examine the increase in American entrepreneurship and discuss how businesses are rebuilding from a once-in-a-generation economic crisis. Members will hear from experts alongside small ...

  • A Review of the SBIC Program October 27, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114173 The hearing will educate Members about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, which is designed to provide debt and equity financing to high-growth small businesses lacking access to adequate capital from traditional sources. Members will have an opportunity to discuss recent proposals to target SBIC funds to underrepresented businesses and critical sectors, as well as ...

  • Global Supply Chains and Small Business Trade Challenges October 20, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114136 The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many weaknesses in the global supply chains that small businesses rely on to provide goods and services. As the economy recovers, small firms and consumers alike face product shortages and transportation delays that can hinder a strong recovery. The hearing will allow Members to examine the issues causing disruptions, challenges small entities face in adjusting to the disruption, and steps Co...

  • Growing the Small Business Supplier Base in Government Contracting October 13, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114118 In the last decade, the federal small business supplier base has shrunk by an astounding 40 percent. While not the only factor, Category Management has substantially contributed and accelerated this decrease. The hearing will examine Category Management and its impact on small businesses serving as federal prime contractors. The hearing will also explore potential solutions to reverse this trend and grow our federal small...

  • SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs October 6, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114105 The hearing will examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Entrepreneurial Development programs, which provide counseling, training, and outreach to small businesses, as well as discuss any challenges the Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) faces implementing the broad range of services and programs under its jurisdiction.

  • Empowering Employee Owned Businesses and Cooperatives Through Access to Capital September 30, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114081 The hearing will educate Members on the challenges faced by employee-owned businesses in the post-COVID-19 economy, especially in accessing affordable capital. The hearing will also provide Members with a history of the Small Business Committee’s legislative efforts to improve access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan guarantee program for employee-owned firms.

  • Sustainable Forestry’s Role in Climate Solutions September 29, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114073 As the Federal Government considers options for infrastructure investments and ways to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, the forestry sector offers multiple avenues to address these goals while also promoting small business development in rural and underserved communities. Sustainable forest management can provide economic and social benefits to meet the needs of present and future generations and also play a fun...

  • National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions September 14, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114027 The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated the week of September 13 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is honoring small businesses who showcase the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories.

  • 09-09-21 Markup September 9, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz The Committee will consider Committee Print (providing for reconciliation pursuant to S. Con. Res. 14, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022).

  • What Comes Next? PPP Forgiveness September 1, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=114016 The hearing will update Members on the loan forgiveness phase of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Members will also learn about legislative and administrative efforts to continue streamlining the forgiveness process for borrowers and lenders.

  • 07-29-21 Markup July 29, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. The items that will be marked up include: • H.R. 4256, “Investing in Main Street Act” • H.R. 4481, “Small Business 7(a) Loan Agent Transparency Act” • H.R. 4531, “7(a) Loan Agent Oversight Act” • H.R. 3469, “Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2021” • H.R. 3462, “SBA Cyber Awareness Act” • H.R. 45...

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