Supporting Small Entities through Investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband
June 9, 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 9, 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...
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...
The SBA’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: An Update and Next Steps with SBA’s Resource Partners
May 19, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112645 The Subcommittee will meet to examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development ecosystem and offer Members of the Committee the opportunity to review the major technical assistance programs. Members will hear directly from America’s Small Business Development Centers, the Association of Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE about the programs, how the pandemic has impacted their wo...
Examining the role of CDFIs and Minority Depository Institutions
May 18, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112632 The hearing will introduce Members to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), and will discuss the impact these institutions make in their communities, especially with respect to supporting local entrepreneurs. Members will also learn about the SBA and non-SBA programs intended to support CDFIs and MDIs.
Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
May 13, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112611 Federally funded research and development (R&D) has produced innumerable innovations and discoveries, leading to new companies and entire industries that have made America a global leader in science and technology fields. While small businesses are a major driver of American innovation, commercialization, and overall economic growth, they oftentimes struggle to obtain crucial early financing. The Small Business Innovation...
Growing Jobs through Infrastructure Investment
May 6, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112571 The national infrastructure has long deteriorated but investing in it today creates millions of good paying jobs for American workers now and into the future. However, it is not enough to create jobs, the country needs a pipeline of skilled workers to fill them. This hearing will discuss how small firms and the federal government can leverage workforce development programs to train and upskill the next generation of infra...
Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Small Manufacturers
April 29, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112517 The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many weaknesses in the supply chains relied on by small businesses, especially small manufacturers. As the economy continues to recover, Congress must take steps to maximize supply chain resiliency for future economic disruptions. The hearing will allow Members to examine the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on supply chains for small businesses, especially those in the manufacturing industry...
Harnessing the Power of Immigrant-owned Businesses to Build Back Better
April 28, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz EventID=112504 Immigrant entrepreneurship is an important aspect of growth in the American economy. Not only do immigrants start businesses at higher rates than native-born Americans, but they do so in sectors that are more likely to be Main Street businesses, in turn, promoting economic investment and development in their communities. Many of these businesses have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and given their abil...
Update on SBA’s Pandemic Response Programs
April 20, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz This hearing will give Members the opportunity to discuss the numerous reports from the SBA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) related to the lack of internal controls and the potential for fraud within the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. Members will hear directly from OIG and GAO about their findings and whether SBA has implemented...
The Interaction Between the PPP and FAR: What it Means for Government Contractors
March 23, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz The hearing will examine the extent to which the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Credits Clause interacts with the Paycheck Protection Program and its implications for federal contractors. The Committee will learn more about how agencies are handling the matter, available guidance, and industry concerns.
The Role of Community Navigators in Reaching Underserved Businesses
March 18, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz The Subcommittee will meet to discuss the new Community Navigator Pilot Program, created in the American Rescue Plan. The remote hearing is an opportunity for Members to learn how the program will leverage existing community partners to enhance outreach to underserved communities across the country. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for Members to examine how increased outreach in underserved communities is vital to small busi...
The Next Steps for the Paycheck Protection Program.
March 10, 2021
TW: @HouseSmallBiz | FB: HouseSmallBiz | IG: House_Smallbiz The hearing will provide an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and an update for Members on the current state of the First and Second Draw loans, as well as loan forgiveness. The Committee will also hear feedback on the impact of the five programmatic changes recently announced and suggestions from stakeholders regarding the future of the program.