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No Man’s Land: Middle-Market Challenges for Small Business Graduates

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will meet for a hearing titled, “No Man’s Land:  Middle-Market Challenges for Small Business Graduates.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

This hearing will examine the challenges to growth and success for businesses as they approach the upper limits of their small size standard.  As the divide between small and large contractors continues to widen, successfully navigating the middle market becomes an increasingly challenging prospect for advanced small or mid-size businesses.  The mid-size issue is a multi-faceted one and this hearing continues the efforts of the Committee to examine this important issue in light of the changing procurement landscape.  The Committee also hopes to identify potential legislative solutions which may help extend a pathway to growth for these transitional firms. 

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Witnesses
Mr. Stephen P. Ramaley
Associate
Miles & Stockbridge
McLean, VA

Ms. Lisa Firestone
President & Chief Executive Officer
Managed Care Advisors Inc.
Bethesda, MD

Mr. Mehul Sanghani
Chief Executive Officer
Octo Consulting Group
Reston, VA

Committee Approves Four Bills, Eight Nominees

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today, approved four bills and eight nominees subject to Senate confirmation.

Small Businesses Drive Job Growth in the U.S.

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:40am

 

Small Businesses Drive Job Growth in the U.S.

Account for 1.9  Million Net New Jobs, Latest Data Shows

 

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Executive Session

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, April 25, at 9:45 a.m. to consider the following legislative measure and nominations.

Click here for additional information on nominees.

Agenda:

1.    S. 2717, Maritime Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Sponsors: Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.)

2.    S. 2369, Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

3.    S. 2511, CENOTE Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)

 

4.    S. 2343, Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) 

5.    Nomination of Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to Admiral and to be Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

6.    Nomination of Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray to be Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

 

7.    Nomination of Patrick Fuchs, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB)

8.    Nomination of Michelle A. Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the STB

9.    Nomination of Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, of Maryland, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner

10.    Nomination of Rubydee Calvert, of Wyoming, to be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as the Public TV Stations Representative

11.    Nomination of Laura Gore Ross, of New York, to be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

12.  Nomination of Alan E. Cobb, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

*Agenda subject to change

Executive Session Details:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:45 a.m.
Full Committee Markup
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
 
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov

Supreme Court Continues to Nibble Away at Alien Tort Statute’s Sweep

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:32am
Yesterday’s decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, the U.S. Supreme Court’s third major decision involving the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), continues a trend of reining in human rights activists’ efforts to police private businesses’ overseas conduct through ATS litigation.  The Court held that foreign corporations may not be sued under the ATS for their …

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Small Business Committee Analyzes American Infrastructure

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—Today, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) convened a full Committee hearing to examine the small business perspective of the development and use of America’s infrastructure. The witnesses delved into how surface transportation and access to broadband promote economic growth among small businesses.

“Innovations are transforming the movement of people, goods, and services. But it appears that our current transportation infrastructure system is stuck in a different generation,” said Chairman Steve Chabot. “Small businesses both create and rely upon our nation’s infrastructure system, and as they create 2 out of 3 new jobs, they will likely be a driving force in repairing our broken system.”

Ideas for Infrastructure

 “For the U.S. economy to be the most competitive in the world, we need a first-class infrastructure system,” said Marsia Geldert-Murphey, Chief Operating officer at W. James Taylor, Inc., in Belleville, IL, testifying on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers. “We must take these steps to ensure all businesses, and especially small businesses, can thrive in the competitive global marketplace.”

“Small businesses need the certainty of a fully-funded long-term infrastructure program to make vital business decisions. This includes land acquisition, technology updates, purchase of equipment (often produced by other small businesses) and the hiring and training of employees,” stated Bill Schmitz, Vice President of QC and Sales at Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc., in Collins, NY, testifying on behalf of the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association.

“Small telecom providers connect rural Americans with the world – making every effort to deploy advanced networks that respond to consumer and business demands for cutting-edge, innovative services that help rural communities overcome the challenges of distance and density,” said Kevin Beyer, General Manager of Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative in Chokio, MN, testifying on behalf of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

“National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has long supported the expansion of broadband infrastructure especially in rural areas. While private sector investment in wireline and wireless broadband networks has been laudable, regulatory and permitting restrictions have inhibited further deployment,” said Bob Dagostino, President and Owner of Dagostino Electronic Services in Pittsburgh, PA, testifying on behalf of NECA. “Nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack sufficient access as a result, underserved areas that offer very limited educational and employment opportunities in their communities.”

Click here to read full testimonies and here to watch the hearing.

Small Business Committee Introduces 2018 National Small Business Week Resolution

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON—The Leaders of the House Committee on Small Business this evening introduced H. Res. 840, celebrating next week as National Small Business Week.

“Every day I hear the stories of hard working Americans who wake up at the crack of dawn and sacrifice so much to achieve their dreams,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “Employing nearly 48 percent of the private sector and creating almost 62 percent of new jobs, small businesses truly represent the American innovative spirit. When small businesses are strong, America is strong.”

“America’s small businesses are as diverse as its citizens,” said Ranking Member Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “From neighborhood mom-and-pop grocery stores in the Midwest to technology startups in Brooklyn, New York, small businesses are community cornerstones and a national economic lynchpin. I am proud to join Chairman Chabot in saluting America’s nearly 30 million small businesses who embody our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive our economic prosperity.”   

Every President since 1963 has designated National Small Business Week to highlight the unmatched contributions American ingenuity and small businesses provides to the national economy.

H. Res. 840 notes that:

  • There are more than 29,600,000 small businesses in the United States.
  • Small businesses employ nearly 48% of the employees in the private sector in the United States.
  • Small businesses constitute 97.7% of firms exporting goods.
  • Small businesses are responsible for more than 46% of private sector output.
  • Small businesses are responsible for creating nearly 62% of new jobs.
 This year, National Small Business Week is April 29-May 5, 2018.

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Ruling on Philly Taxis’ Suit vs. Uber, Third Circuit Reaffirms Antitrust Focus on Competition, not Competitors

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:24pm
Featured Expert Column: Antitrust & Competition Policy — U.S. Department of Justice By Anthony W. Swisher, a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Philadelphia Taxi Association v. Uber Technologies) reinforces the longstanding principle that antitrust laws …

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DOE Seeks Comments on Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:05pm

On April 24, 2018 the Department of Energy published a request for comment on a petition for rulemaking to define a new product class for residential dishwashers. On March 21, 2018, the Department received a petition from Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), asking the Agency to initiate a rulemaking for a new product class for residential dishwashers with a cycle time of less than one hour from washing through drying. The Agency seeks information on the comments and information provided in the petition.  Comments are due by June 25, 2018.

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:23am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 3, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Santa Clarita, Calif. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT at the Small Business Development Center – College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.  

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for National Small Business Week in Sacramento, CA

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:16am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for National Small Business Week in Sacramento, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 2, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Sacramento, Calif. The roundtable is an official event of SBA’s National Small Business Week in Sacramento. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT at the SAFE Credit Union – Corporate Headquarters, 2295 Iron Point Rd., Ste. 100.

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Modesto, CA

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:07am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Modesto, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, April 30, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable for small business owners in Modesto, Calif. The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT at the DoubleTree Modesto, 1150 Ninth St. U.S. Representative Jeff Denham will be in attendance.

 

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Novel Theory of NLRA Liability Would Trample Employers’ Free Speech Rights

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 8:58am
The independent-contractor model has been an important catalyst for improving the nation’s economic vitality. Because individuals often provide services for others while maintaining independent control over the means and methods of their own work, the use of independent contractors fosters an entrepreneurial spirit while giving firms that contract with such individuals an increased flexibility that …

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Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. entitled, “Maritime Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges.” The hearing will focus on the U.S. maritime industry, the state of the nation’s maritime transportation system and its current challenges, and the ways in which Federal policy and programs could enhance its performance. This hearing will also inform the upcoming reauthorization of the U.S. Maritime Administration.

Witnesses: 

  • The Honorable Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., Administrator, Maritime Administration
  • The Honorable Michael Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission
  • Rear Admiral James Helis, USMS, Superintendent, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Mr. Craig Middlebrook, Deputy Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
2:30 p.m
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Supreme Court Has Second Chance to Resolve Circuit Split on Two Criminal Securities Fraud Issues

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 9:00am
Guest Commentary By Gene C. Schaerr, a Partner with Schaerr Duncan LLP in Washington, DC. Mr. Schaerr is Counsel of Record for Mr. Ellison on the certiorari petition discussed here. The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to resolve two issues of enormous importance to anyone involved, directly or indirectly, in the sale of securities.  …

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Commerce Announces Markup on April 25

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold an executive session on Wednesday, April 25, at 9:45 a.m. to consider the following legislative measure and nominations.

Click here for additional information on nominees.

Agenda:

1.    S. 2717, Maritime Authorization and Enhancement Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Sponsors: Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.)

2.    S. 2369, Whaling Convention Amendments Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

3.    S. 2511, CENOTE Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)

 

4.    S. 2343, Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, Sponsors: Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) 

5.    Nomination of Vice Adm. Karl L. Schultz to Admiral and to be Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

6.    Nomination of Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray to be Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

 

7.    Nomination of Patrick Fuchs, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB)

8.    Nomination of Michelle A. Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the STB

9.    Nomination of Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, of Maryland, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner

10.    Nomination of Rubydee Calvert, of Wyoming, to be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as the Public TV Stations Representative

11.    Nomination of Laura Gore Ross, of New York, to be a Member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

12.  Nomination of Alan E. Cobb, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

*Agenda subject to change

Executive Session Details:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:45 a.m.
Full Committee Markup
Senate Dirksen Building, Room 106
 
A live video of the markup and additional information will be available at www.commerce.senate.gov

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