House Small Business Committee

Supply Chain Resiliency

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing entitled “Supply Chain Resiliency.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM (EST) on Thursday, July 2, 2020 and will take place in room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco Webex, information to be provided separately.

During the economic disaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many small firms were left vulnerable to severe global supply chain disruptions. As the U.S. economy recovers, it is important we take steps to ensure greater supply chain resiliency in the face of future disasters. Members will hear from small business owners and experts about steps the federal government can take to ensure more resiliency and focus on ways we can correct the vulnerabilities of small firms and utilize their strengths moving forward.

To watch the livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Dr. Eswar Prasad
Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Ithaca, NY

Ms. Christine Fagnani
Co – Owner and Vice President
Lynn Medical Instrumentation Company
Wixom, MI

Ms. Sheila Lawson
Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Supply Chain
RL Hudson
Broken Arrow, OK









The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Status Update from the Administration

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Status Update from the Administration.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM (EST) on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and will take place in room 2118 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco Webex, information to be provided separately.

The hearing will allow Members an opportunity to hear from Mr. James Rivera, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Associate Administrator for the Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA). Mr. Rivera is responsible for the implementation of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, and the hearing will explore the challenges SBA has faced in ramping up the EIDL program to deal with the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), what steps SBA must take to better meet the needs of small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19, and what policy changes Congress could make to improve delivery of the program.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. James Rivera
Associate Administrator
Office of Disaster Assistance
Small Business Administration
Washington, DC




An Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hearing entitled “An Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 via Cisco Webex.

The hearing will provide an overview of the Defense Production Act (DPA) and its authorities, including those related to small businesses. Moreover, the hearing seeks to examine how those authorities could be leveraged to assist small firms impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and what legislative actions could be taken to strengthen the DPA on behalf of our small business industrial base.'

To watch a livestream of the hearing please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses

Mr. Ian Patterson
Attorney-Senior Associate
Koprince Law, LLC
Lawrence, KS 

Mr. David Black
Attorney-Partner
Holland & Knight, LLP
Tysons, VA 

Ms. Mary Lockhart
President & CEO
PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations
Alexandria, VA
*Testifying as the Chair of the Small Business Division for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Ms. Traci Tapani
Co-President
Wyoming Machine, Inc.
Stacy, MN


















Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness and Other Challenges

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness and Other Challenges.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 via Cisco Webex.

The Committee will meet to learn about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the issues borrowers and lenders have faced in applying for and using the loans, especially regarding use of proceeds that will qualify borrowers for full loan forgiveness. Members will also have the opportunity to hear about what has generally worked with the program, what has not, the changes Congress has recently made to the program, and suggestions to continue optimizing the program.

To watch a livestream of the hearing please click here. 

Hearing Notice 


Witnesses

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House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/10/2020 - 1:00pm

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: A View from Main Street.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 via Cisco Webex.

The Committee will meet to discuss the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The program was made available to small business, independent contractors, and certain nonprofits as a way to provide financial assistance for harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The hearing will explore the benefits of the loans and grants available through the EIDL program and the challenges businesses face in applying and receiving funds. 

This hearing will take place remotely via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast available at smallbusiness.house.gov.  The webcast will not be available until the hearing starts.

Hearing Notice 

  

05-28-20 Virtual Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 1:00pm
On Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a virtual forum. The virtual forum will provide an opportunity for Members to hear how small businesses have been able to pivot their business models, through the counseling and training of their local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the forum will focus on how SBDCs can help small businesses reopen and what resources will be needed to successfully restore Main Street. This virtual forum will take place via WebEx, information to be provided separately. 

To watch the livestream of the forum, please click here

Forum Announcement 

Panelist List 

Mr. Charles “Tee” Rowe
President and CEO
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Arlington, VA
 
Mr. Mark Delisle
State Director
Maine Small Business Development Center
Portland, ME
 
Mr. Joe Musumeci & Ms. Mary Ellms
Co-Owners
Farmington Underground Escape Room
Farmington, ME

Mr. Bruce Strong
State Director 
Minnesota Small Business Development Center 
St. Paul, MN

05-21-20 Virtual Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:00pm
On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a virtual forum. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many small businesses have attempted to keep workers employed and maximize their chance of long-term survival by filing claims under their business interruption insurance policies. However, too many policyholders currently believe they are being unfairly penalized by not having losses covered, despite taking the prudent step of purchasing business interruption insurance in the first place. This forum will give Members of the Committee the ability to hear from policyholders and interested stakeholders about this important issue impacting small businesses. This virtual forum will take place via WebEx, information to be provided separately.

To watch the livestream of the forum, please click here

Forum Announcement 


Panelist List 

Mr. Chris Morrow

Owner
Northshire Bookstore
Manchester Center, VT & Saratoga Springs, NY

Mr. Francisco Schlotterbeck

CEO
Maya Cinemas
Pasadena, CA

Mr. Mark Shaker
Co-Founder
Stanley Marketplace
Aurora, CO

Mr. John W. Houghtaling, II
Managing Partner
Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling LLC
Metairie, LA
*Participating on behalf of the Business Interruption Group

Mr. Sean Kevelighan
President and CEO
Insurance Information Institute
New York, NY

05-20-20 Virtual Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 1:00pm

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a virtual forum. The virtual forum will provide an opportunity for Small Business Committee Members to hear from rural leaders on the economic challenges facing rural communities. The focus will be on what is working well with SBA programs, what is not, and what more Congress can do to support rural economies during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will also explore SBA provisions, and other federal programs, that have been implemented to support the small business economy and how these programs are being utilized across rural communities. This virtual forum will take place via WebEx, information to be provided separately.


Forum Announcement
 

To watch the livestream, please click here. 


Panelist List

Mr. Bill Menner
Executive Director, Iowa Rural Development Council
Founder, The Bill Menner Group
Grinnell, IA

Ms. Melissa Moretz
Farmer, Moretz Farm
Commercial Portfolio Manager, First Citizens Bank
Mason City, IA

Ms. Ines Polonius
CEO
Communities Unlimited
Fayetteville, AR

Mr. Rick Ebert
President
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Blairsville, PA

05-15-20 Virtual Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:00pm

On Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a virtual forum. Members will have an opportunity to hear from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General. The briefing will be recorded and livestreamed for the public. 

To watch the livestream please click here. 

Panelist List

Mr. Hannibal “Mike” Ware
Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC


05-13-20 Virtual Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/13/2020 - 1:00pm

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a virtual forum. Members will have an opportunity to hear from Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program and future recovery efforts. The briefing will be recorded and livestreamed for the public. 

Forum Announcement 

Panelist List

Mr. Tony Wilkinson
President & CEO
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
Dallas, TX

Ms. Dafina Williams
Vice President of Public Policy
Opportunity Finance Network
Washington, DC

Mr. Brett Palmer
President
Small Business Investor Alliance
Washington, DC

 

House Small Business Committee Forum

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 2:00pm

On Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a virtual forum on the Small Business Administration’s implementation of the CARES Act. Members will have an opportunity to hear from Small Business Administration (SBA) Resource Partners and gain their perspective on the implementation of the CARES Act. The updates from the panelists will focus on what is working well and what can be improved.

Forum Announcement 

Panelist List 

Panelists
Mr. Charles “Tee” Rowe
President and CEO
America’s Small Business Development Centers
Arlington, VA

Ms. Corinne Hodges
CEO
Association of Women’s Business Centers
Washington, DC

Ms. Bridget Weston
Acting CEO
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Herndon, VA

Ms. Linda Womack
Director
Minority Business Development Agency, Tacoma-Business Center
Tacoma, WA

Ms. Amy Amoroso
Director
Veterans Business Outreach Center for NY, NJ, PR, and the USVI
Watervliet, NY


Member Day Hearing on COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Committee on Small Business

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Member Day Hearing on COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Committee on Small Business.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Participating Members will testify before the Committee about their feedback and priorities as they relate to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under the CARES Act and the economic injury disaster loan and grants made available to small employers impacted by COVID-19.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 


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