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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, “Sma...

  • Wealth for the Working Class: The Clean Energy Economy July 27, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=113956 The clean energy economy has seen robust growth in recent decades and now presents the opportunity for widespread wealth creation that benefits American small businesses, their workers, and consumers. It has the potential to create millions of good-paying jobs spread across tens of thousands of businesses while simultaneously lowering energy prices for consumers. This hearing will focus on workforce development initiative...

  • SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions July 21, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=113931 Climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to local economies, but small businesses can take steps to become more resilient and boost their competitiveness. The SBA can support efforts to facilitate access to capital for climate change mitigation investments and resilience efforts. This hearing will allow members to learn more about the role that small businesses can play in addressing climate change, and how federa...

  • Strengthening the Cybersecurity Posture of America’s Small Business Community July 20, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=113916 Small businesses are highly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats as employers, suppliers, and consumers in a modern digital economy. Many cannot afford dedicated Information Technology (IT) staff to navigate and mitigate risks and are wary of investments in pricey software. This hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine the many cybersecurity threats facing small businesses and identify available resources.

  • Innovation as a Catalyst for New Jobs: SBA’s Innovation Initiatives July 14, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112897 Innovation is key to the success of America’s small businesses and the country’s long-term economic prospects. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a number of programs to stimulate innovation at startups across the country. Subcommittee Members will have the opportunity to learn more about these programs and the importance of federal investment in innovation as a means to foster entrepreneurship, particularly in t...

  • Rural American Recovery: The Role of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship July 13, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112891 One in five Americans lives in a rural area and Main Street businesses are the backbone of those communities across the nation. Even before the pandemic, these entrepreneurs faced unique challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Among the top challenges are geographic isolation, inadequate broadband internet service, difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified workers, barriers to capital and reluctance from major...

  • Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! June 30, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112848 While small businesses play an outsized role in local economies and job creation, they have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure a robust recovery, Congress will need to consider ways to fill the entrepreneurship gaps that have existed for years in low-income and rural areas. This hearing will focus on H.R. 1226, the Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act, which would establish a Corps to mak...

  • Committee on Small Business: 2021 Member Day Hearing June 29, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112838 Participating Members will testify before the Committee about their legislative interests and priorities as they relate to policies under the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction. House Rule X, Clause 1(q) defines the legislative jurisdiction of the Committee.

  • CMMC Implementation: What It Means for Small Businesses June 24, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112773 The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the Department of Defense’s latest initiative to increase cybersecurity preparedness across the defense industrial base. The hearing will provide Members the opportunity to learn more about this initiative, its implementation, and the compliance challenges it poses for small businesses.

  • Prioritizing Small Underserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs June 23, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112804 This is the second hearing in a series on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which is authorized through September 30, 2022. The SBIR and STTR programs share four goals, one is to foster inclusion and diversification among innovative firms. At this hearing, Members will examine agency strategies and measure progress made towards the diversification goal.

  • Supporting Small Entities through Investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband June 16, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112773 Access to reliable and affordable broadband service is imperative to not only the success of small businesses, but the overall economic development of the nation. Unfortunately, many parts of the country lack reliable access to broadband at benchmark speeds. As Congress debates an infrastructure plan, investing in the nation’s broadband must be part of the conversation. At this hearing, Members will examine broadband as a...

  • Reversing the Decline in Women Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Rebuilding the Economy June 15, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112761 Women-owned small businesses have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with many reporting a decline in sales and fear of permanent closure. Yet, as the nation begins to reopen, women entrepreneurship has the ability to become an economic engine of growth. To ensure a robust recovery, Congress will need to consider ways to support women entrepreneurs, workers, and small business owners. This hearing will giv...

  • Utilization of Small Contractors in the Infrastructure Plan June 10, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112744 The hearing will focus on the importance of infrastructure investment and how it will promote contracting opportunities for small businesses, who will play a central role in upgrading the nation’s infrastructure. The hearing will provide Committee Members the opportunity to learn more where contractual opportunities lie as well as the resources small businesses need to undertake infrastructure projects.

  • A Review of the SBA’s Grant Programs May 27, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112703 In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases, Congress provided direct economic relief to help small businesses that are particularly hard hit and struggling to survive the pandemic. The hearing will give members an opportunity to hear from small business owners and advocates about the implementation and effectiveness of the SBA’s pandemic related grant programs, the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) and the Restaurant R...

  • An Examination of the SBA’s COVID-19 Programs May 26, 2021

    TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112687 In response to the pandemic, Congress created a number of programs to provide economic relief to small businesses. Isabella Casillas Guzman, who was confirmed as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) on March 16, 2021, is now responsible for overseeing these programs, which include the Paycheck Protection Program, Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), Shuttered Venues Operating Grant (SVOG), the Eco...

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