House Small Business Committee

Chabot, Connolly Introduce Bill to Help More Small Businesses Export

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:00am

Chabot, Connolly Introduce Bill to Help More Small Businesses Export

WASHINGTON – Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 2586, the Export Coordination Act of 2015, a bill to improve the coordination of federal export promotion resources and to streamline the export process so that more small businesses can sell goods overseas.

“When it comes to exporting, most small businesses don’t know where to start,” said Chabot. “The process can be incredibly complex and the federal resources that are supposed to help them navigate the process are just as intimidating. The Export Coordination Act would streamline these resources and take steps to make the process easier for businesses.

Chabot added, “It is my hope that this bill – and other solutions that the Small Business Committee is currently working on – will open the door for more small businesses to sell their goods overseas, which ultimately provides more opportunities for working families.”

Congressman Connolly said, “The federal government stands ready to help small businesses access foreign markets and create jobs through exports. This bill will ensure that federal trade promotion agencies are reaching out to state and local partners and making access to these resources as straightforward as possible.

U.S. exports support more than 38 million American jobs – including 1 in 3 manufacturing jobs.  Despite the fact that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, only 2 percent of all small businesses export their goods.

H.R. 2586 would require the United States Department of Commerce’s Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to clearly define each federal agency’s role in the export process, establish a central listing of all trade events, give state trade agencies a voice in setting our national export strategy, and reduce overlap of current export resources. 

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Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:00am
Chairman Steve Chabot has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business titled, "Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)." The hearing will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Committee on Small Business “Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)” Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 A.M. 2360 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses

The Honorable Kevin J. Wolf
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
Bureau of Industry and Security
United States Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

The Honorable Brian Nilsson
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade Controls
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
United States Department of State
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Memo
Hearing Notice
Witness List

Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:00pm

The Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing titled, “Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA,” originally scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 is rescheduled for 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

Witness List
The Hon. Darryl L. DePriest
Chief Counsel for Advocacy
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay, USN (Ret.)
Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Notice
Witness List

Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part I)

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade will meet for a hearing titled, “Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part I).” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Witnesses

Ms. Andrea Appell
Director BPE Global
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Jennifer Robertson Ahrens
President
Robertson Forwarding Company
Miami, FL

Greg Quarles, PhD
Chief Scientist
The Optical Society
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Notice
Witness List

Markup: Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 9:00am
The Markup originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 on the Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration is rescheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Markup Notice
Views and Estimates of the President's FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

Small Business Committee Weighs in on SBA FY2017 Budget

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Small Business approved its official views and estimates on the FY2017 budget for the Small Business Administration (SBA) today.

While Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) noted bipartisan support for key programs designed to help entrepreneurs, he stressed the need for swift action to correct serious management problems at the SBA related to IT security, access to capital and competition for federal contracts.

“Federal taxpayers and American entrepreneurs must have an efficient and effective SBA. This Committee and its Subcommittees have held a number of hearings which have examined the operations of the SBA. These hearings reveal anything but an efficient and effective operation. Instead, the hearings, multiple investigations by the GAO, examinations by the SBA’s Inspector General and the Committee’s own reviews, reveal an agency that is deeply flawed with misplaced priorities that reduce the ability of small businesses to effectively compete for federal contracts, inhibit their ability to receive needed capital or obtain necessary training to operate their businesses. The views and estimates before us outline the actions needed to correct these problems,” said Chairman Chabot.

You can see the Committee’s full views and estimates for SBA here and watch this morning’s full markup here. President Obama’s final budget is expected to be transmitted to Congress next week.    

SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 1:00pm
The Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development,” originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 is rescheduled for 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday February 3, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Witness
John Shoraka
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracts and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Notice 
Witness List

SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:00am
Subcommittee Chairman Tim Huelskamp has scheduled a hearing of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access of the Committee on Small Business titled, "SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices." The hearing will be held at 11:00 A.M. on February 2, 2016, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

Witnesses

Ms. Tameka Montgomery
Associate Administrator Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Barb Carson
Associate Administrator
Office of Veterans Business Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.

Hearing Materials
Hearing Notice
Witness List

Chairman Chabot Statement on ObamaCare Veto Override

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement after voting to override President Obama’s veto of a measure to repeal the central pillars of ObamaCare.

“As long as ObamaCare remains in effect, America’s small businesses and the people they employ will continue to suffer its outrageous costs and burdensome mandates.  We must continue to do everything we can to get this unworkable, unaffordable law off the books as soon as possible and replace it with an efficient health care system that puts patients first and brings down costs.”  

Chabot pointed to two recent studies from the National Small Business Administration (NSBA) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) which demonstrate the burden Obamacare is placing on America's small businesses as they face major cost increases and struggle to navigate the confusion and complexity of the new system. 

Million Dollar Mishap: Committee Probes Mismanagement at Key SBA Offices

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00am

SBA Official: $1 Million System Still Doesn’t Work

Lawmakers Press for Answers Ahead of President’s Budget Request for SBA  

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers pressed officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) today on reports of mismanagement that may affect two key SBA offices which provide business development counseling to entrepreneurs and veterans who want to start a small business. The hearing comes after a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised questions about agency-wide inefficiency that may extend to SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development and Office of Veterans Business Development. 

“The necessity of unauthorized SBA-created initiatives has frequently been questioned on a bi-partisan basis by this Committee,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. “In the wake of the recent GAO report detailing SBA management challenges, I am concerned that SBA is continuing to prioritize its wish list rather than ensuring taxpayer dollars are carefully spent on programs with proven performance records.” 

Asked by Chairman Huelskamp about a $1 million upgrade to the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Management System (EDMS), Tameka Montgomery, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, said the redesigned system was not effective at achieving its purpose: measuring the performance outcomes of programs designed to help entrepreneurs.

“It looks to me like you wasted one million dollars.” Huelskamp responded.

Together, the two SBA offices represented at today’s hearing are primarily responsible for the agency’s entrepreneurial development programs, including a special focus on veteran-owned small businesses. You can read the full testimony here and view today’s hearing here.

The Committee is scheduled to mark up Views and Estimates on President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration this Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:00am.  

Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of the Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration.  The markup will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:00pm
Chairman Richard Hanna has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce titled,  “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development.”

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 10:00am
Chairman Crescent Hardy has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations titled, "Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA." The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Mark Up: H.R. 4341: “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 10:00am
Chairman Steve Chabot has scheduled a markup on legislation to strengthen the small business industrial base. The Committee will mark up: H.R. 4341, “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016.” The markup is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Markup Notice
H.R. 4341, “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016"

Small Business Committee Approves Defending America’s Small Contractors Act

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:00am

First Committee Markup of 2016

Bipartisan Legislation Advances to U.S. House

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Committee on Small Business today approved bipartisan legislation to expand and improve opportunties for America’s small firms to compete for federal contracts. The measure, H.R. 4341, the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016, was approved unanimously by the panel and now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

“As a Committee, we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that federal contracts are awarded appropriately to small businesses in order to maximize competition, create jobs and foster innovation,” said Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will allow America’s small businesses new and improved opportunities to provide value and quality to the taxpayer.”

Specifically, the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016:

  • Modernizes the Small Business Act, and the SBA’s reporting requirements, to ensure that the language used is clear and consistent across federal procurement programs.
  • Strengthens the small business advocates within SBA and other federal agencies so they can promote competition and compliance.
  • Improves opportunities for small businesses to compete for subcontracts, and then to capitalize on that experience to compete as prime contractors, thereby strengthening the industrial base.
  • Improves coordination and data sharing between the SBA’s government-wide mentor-protégé program, civilian agency mentor-protégé programs, and the mentor-protégé program at the Department of Defense.
  • Implements common sense reforms to ensuring integrity in small business programs, such as the agricultural size standards, veterans contracting programs, SBA operations and contracting officer training programs.

The measure was informed by the Committee’s ongoing efforts to improve contracting opportunities for small businesses across all federal agencies. Chairman Chabot noted that the first Committee markup of 2015 was also on contracting reform legislation and almost all of those provisions have since become law.

You can view the full Committee markup HERE

Oversight of the Office of Innovation and Investment at the SBA

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 3:00pm
Subcommittee Hearing

The Subcommittee on Health and Technology will meet for a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Office of Investment and Innovation at the SBA.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Witnesses

Mr. Mark Walsh
Associate Administrator Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Accompanied by:

Mr. John Williams
Director,Innovation and Technology
Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Ms. Carol Fendler
Director Licensing and Programming Standards
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Hearing Materials
Hearing Memo
Hearing Notice
Witness List

SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Access to Capital Offices

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 10:00am
Full Committee Hearing

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Access to Capital Offices.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 A.M. on January 12, 2016, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Witnesses
Ms. Ann Marie Mehlum
Associate Administrator of Capital Access
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Ms.Linda Rusche
Director of Office of Credit Risk Management
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC


Hearing Materials
Notice
Witness List

Chairman Chabot Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON - House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address: 

“President Obama used his last ever State of the Union address to try to divide the American people and those they have chosen to represent them. Tonight, I hoped to hear President Obama reach out to the elected representatives of the people and commit to working with us. Instead, he talked about the ways he plans to work around us. He may not want to listen to us, but the American people should rest assured that we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re going to work harder than ever for meaningful tax reform, responsible and responsive government, and a safer America. Our families, small businesses, and leaders of the future depend on it.”

Chairman Chabot Talks #LastSOTU with WKRC in Cincinnati

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON -  House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) discussed President Obama's last State of the Union address and what it means for the economy and small businesses with WKRC TV in Cincinnati today.

Watch the Interview HERE

 

Chabot on the economy: "We ought to be a lot further along than we are right now and unfortunately because the tax code is far too complicated and because the government continues to over-regulate both individuals and small businesses in this country, we're still lagging behind."

Chairman Chabot Previews President Obama’s FINAL State of the Union

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 12:00am

Under Obama, Small Businesses Get Hit Worst and First

WASHINGTON
- House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement about what he expects from President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight:

“Small business owners tell me a very different story than the one I expect President Obama to tell tonight. When President Obama circumvents Congress and takes executive action, small businesses get hit worst and they get hit first. From the unworkable, unaffordable ObamaCare law to an avalanche of new taxation, regulation and litigation, small businesses have been squeezed by this administration for eight years. I hope the President will put partisanship aside and work with Congress to relieve the burden on our entrepreneurs so they can focus on creating jobs and growing this economy.”

Chairman Chabot stopped by the nationally-syndicated Fox News Radio program “Kilmeade and Friends” this morning to discuss with host Brian Kilmeade what the President’s address will mean for the nation’s 28 million small businesses. The interview will be made available here

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