House Small Business Committee

Crushed by Confessions of Judgement: The Small Business Story

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Crushed by Confessions of Judgement: The Small Business Story.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Time and again, small businesses report one of the biggest challenges they face in starting, operating, or expanding a business is access to capital. Unfortunately, some small firms fall victim to merchant cash advance companies who require borrowers to sign a document called a confession of judgment (COJ) as part of an application. By signing, small business borrowers agree in advance to automatically lose in the event of a legal dispute. That lender can then accuse a borrower of not paying, without presenting proof, and have a court judgment signed by a clerk the same day. At that point the lender can present the COJ to the borrower’s bank demanding funds, leaving small business owners penniless overnight and forced to close their business. This hearing will enable the Committee to examine this practice as Members seek to address this issue. Members will hear from a variety of witnesses detailing the legalities of the practice, its use, and impact on small business borrowers.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Hosea Harvey 
Law Professor and Consumer Finance Law Expert
Philadelphia, PA
Testimony 

Mr. Jerry Bush 
Former Owner 
JB Plumbing & Heating of Virginia, Inc. 
Roanoke, VA
Testimony

Mr. Shane Heskin 
Partner 
White and Williams, LLP. 
Philadelphia, PA 
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled, “Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Access to reliable high speed broadband is a critical issue for small businesses, especially in rural communities that are still unserved.  However, more accurate broadband maps are needed to direct federal funds to small rural carriers who seek to serve the most remote parts of America.  Improved granularity and an opportunity for communities to challenge the accuracy of broadband maps are needed to build broadband networks out to the 19 million Americans on the dark side of the digital divide. At the hearing, Members will hear from a diverse group of small rural carriers about the current challenges of broadband mapping and explore ways that the federal government and private sector can work together to collect more accurate broadband coverage data.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Tim Donovan
Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs
Competitive Carriers Association
Washington, DC 
Testimony 

Mr. Dan Stelpflug
Director, Operations, Engineering & Technology
Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative
Postville, IA 
*Testifying on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Testimony

Ms. Beth Osler
Director, Customer and Industry Relations 
UniTel, Inc. 
Unity, ME
*Testifying on behalf of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
Testimony 

Mr. Jason Hendricks
Chief Regulatory Officer
Range Companies
Forsyth, MT 
*Testifying on behalf of the Western Telecommunications Alliance —Advocates for Rural Broadband
Testimony

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

The Importance of Accurate Census Data to Small Business Formation and Growth

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “The Importance of Accurate Census Data to Small Business Formation and Growth.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is constitutionally mandated to count every person in the nation and the next one is less than one year away. Census data is the basis for allocating federal funding and businesses are more dependent on Census data than any other sector. Trade associations, chambers of commerce, and businesses rely on this information for economic development, business decisions, and strategic planning. Specifically, census data helps identify potential customers and employees, business locations, where to target advertising, and what should be offered in different communities. New technology and emerging apps also heavily rely on precise and accurate data from the Census. In the 21st century information age, having access to the right data and information is crucial for the success of many small businesses. The hearing will provide an overview of the census and why accuracy is critical to small firms and emerging industries. Members will hear from a variety of witnesses about how they use census data to make strategic decisions that can help them grow and hire.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Darrin Conroy
Library Director
New York Small Business Development Center
Albany, NY
*Testifying on behalf of the New York Small Business Development Center
Testimony 

Mr. James Whittier Parker
President
Riverview Studios
Bordentown, NJ
*Testifying on behalf of the New Jersey Main Street Alliance
Testimony 

Jill Dietz
Regional Center Director
Tulsa Regional Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Office
Helmerich Research Center at the Oklahoma State University, Tulsa Campus
Tulsa, OK
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Unlocked Potential? Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

While still illegal under Federal law, over a majority of states have legalized medical cannabis use and nearly a dozen with legalized adult recreational use. As the debate about legalizing cannabis strengthens, so does its economic impact with spending in the industry projected to increase to over $20 billion by 2022. The hearing will focus on the opportunities the legitimate cannabis industry presents for small businesses in states with legal cannabis, as well as entrepreneurs from traditionally underserved communities. The hearing will also enable Members to explore the challenges currently faced by those businesses, and also those of “ancillary” or “indirect” cannabis businesses who may not be directly involved in the production or distribution of cannabis products.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Shanita Penny
President of the Board of Directors
Minority Cannabis Business Association
Portland, OR
Testimony 

Mr. Eric Goepel
Founder & CEO
Veterans Cannabis Coalition
Walnut, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Dana Chaves
Senior Vice President and Director of Specialty Banking
First Federal Bank
Lake City, FL
Testimony

Mr. Paul Larkin
John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies
The Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and the Decline of the Small Medical Practice

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “The Doctor is Out. Rising Student Loan Debt and the Decline of the Small Medical Practice.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Student loan debt is now a $1.49 trillion issue that continues to break records quarter after quarter. Not only has it forced many younger and older Americans to reevaluate careers paths but has also hampered small business formation and expansion. Among medical professionals, it has hindered opportunities for sole or private practice, while limiting or influencing the specialty many medical professionals are able to choose from. Members will hear testimony about the cause of the staggering growth in student loan debt, why medical professionals are more likely to have higher debt levels, and the impact it has on specialization and private practice decisions. Additionally, the hearing will examine what legislative solutions or ideas are available to reduce student loan debt and increase the number of sole practices in the health care field, particularly in rural areas.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Sandra Norby, PT, DPT
CEO
HomeTown Physical Therapy, LLC
Des Moines, IA
*Testifying on behalf of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
Testimony

Ms. Lauren Wiese
Orthodontic Resident
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Baltimore, MD
*Testifying on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontics
Testimony 

Mr. Jason Delisle
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute
Washington, DC
*Testifying on behalf of the American Enterprise Institute
Testimony

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program: The States’ Perspective

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA’s State Trade Expansion Program: The States’ Perspective.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will review the state of the SBA State Trade Expansion Program (STEP). The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 directed SBA to establish the program to provide grants to states to increase the number of small businesses exploring trade opportunities. The hearing will allow Members to hear the states’ perspectives of SBA’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) and its effectiveness in providing export opportunities for small businesses.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Wade Merritt
President and State Director of International Trade
Maine International Trade Center
Portland, ME
Testimony 

Ms. Jennifer Bacon
Co-Founder
FlapJacked
Westminster, CO
Testimony 

Mr. Clifton Broumand
Founder and CEO
Man & Machine, Inc.
Landover, MD
Testimony 

Ms. Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Export Development
PA Department of Community & Economic Development
Office of International Business Development
Harrisburg, PA
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Mind the ‘Skills’ Gap: Apprenticeships and Training Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 2:00pm

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will meet for a hearing titled, “Mind the ‘Skills’ Gap: Apprenticeships and Training Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

As the digital economy continues to expand, small businesses must hire and retain high-skilled workers to compete and grow. However, the rapid shifts in the nature of work, limited access to training programs for workers in and those entering the workplace has produced more jobs than workers who are able to fill them. The hearing will discuss ways private industry and the government can partner to meet the workforce needs of small businesses today and for the future of work.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Josh Broder
CEO
Tilson
Greenwood Village, CO
Testimony 

Mr. Tim Herbert
Senior Vice President, Research & Market Intelligence
CompTIA
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Ronald Marlow
Vice President for Workforce Development
National Urban League
New York, NY
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled, “Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Bulltear Industries, 24543 Olinda Trail N, Scandia, MN, 55073. 

Access to reliable and affordable broadband service is imperative to not only the success of small businesses, but the overall economic development of a region. In many rural parts of the country, however, reliable access is far from guaranteed. Over 24 million Americans, the vast majority of whom live in rural areas, lack access to broadband at benchmark speeds. The hearing will focus on broadband deployment efforts in rural America and the challenges small firms in those areas face without reliable broadband services. Additionally, witnesses will suggest potential policy changes Congress could make to improve broadband access in the nation’s rural areas. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Adam Artz
Realtor
Realty Executives
Blaine, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Marc Johnson
Director
East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative
Braham, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Greg Carlson
Executive Director of Partnered & Affiliated Boards
Cambridge Presbyterian Homes
Roseville, MN
Testimony 

Mr. Matt Crescenzo
Owner
Bulltear Industries, Inc.
Scandia, MN
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Immigration and the Small Business Workforce

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Immigration and the Small Business Workforce.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Temporary and permanent immigration have long been at the forefront of national conversation. Much of the time, the labor force needs and concerns of small businesses in every sector are overlooked. Members will hear testimony from witnesses on the challenges they face in recruitment and retention of domestic workers, and what solutions immigrant labor has provided in addressing these issues. The hearing will also examine the current challenges small businesses face in hiring qualified foreign labor and what legislative solutions would help them.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Dan Wallace  
Director of Special Projects  
New American Economy  
New York, NY
Testimony 

Mr. Derek Shoare 
Senior Vice President 
Challenger Sports 
Lenexa, KS
Testimony 

Mr. Nick Sabino 
President 
Deer Park Roofing, Inc. 
Cincinnati, OH 
Testimony 

Mr. Daniel Griswold 
Senior Research Fellow 
Co-Director, Trade and Immigration Project 
Mercatus Center at George Mason University 
Arlington, VA
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Investing in Community: The SBA’s Community Advantage Loan Program

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Investing in Community: The SBA’s Community Advantage Loan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The SBA’s Community Advantage loan program was designed to reach communities traditionally underserved by conventional lenders. The program was created in 2011 and has remained in pilot status since its inception. The hearing will enable Members to learn about the program and its effectiveness in local communities.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Angela Mavridis
Owner
Tribali Foods
San Marino, CA
Testimony 

Mr. Robert Villareal
Executive Vice President
CDC Small Business Finance
San Diego, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Janie Barrera
President and CEO
LiftFund
San Antonio, TX
Testimony 

Mr. John Kropf
President
Growth Capital Corp
Cleveland, OH
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

Oversight of the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled,“Oversight of the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA) brought significant changes to the Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB Program). Specifically, it authorized the Small Business Administration (SBA) to implement sole-source authority; eliminate the possibility of businesses to self-certify eligibility to the WOSB Program and; allowed SBA to put in place a new certification process. In 2019, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a study discussing the extent to which these changes had been implemented and other oversight concerns that had been previously identified. The hearing will focus on GAO’s findings and SBA’s actions to address them. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Mr. William Shear
Director
Financial Markets and Community Investment
United States Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Robb N. Wong
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Member Day Hearing: Committee on Small Business

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Member Day Hearing: Committee on Small Business.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

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.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

The Honorable Ed Case
Member of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Testimony

The Honorable Gilbert R. Cisneros
Member of Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will meet for a hearing titled, “The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The digital ecosystem has unlocked powerful opportunities for small businesses. By embracing digital engagement, Main Street firms are experiencing greater sales both locally and globally. In this hearing, the Committee will discuss ways digital platforms empower small businesses and obstacles to the adoption of digital tools.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Ms. Kellyn Blossom
Head of Public Policy
Thumbtack
San Francisco, CA
Testimony 

Ms. Erika Mozes
Co-Founder and COO
Hyr, Inc.
New York, NY
Testimony

Ms. Olivia Omega Wallace
Co-Founder
Wallace Marketing Group
Aurora, CO
Testimony 

Ms. Julie Carnevale
Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder
Eloquii
Delaware, OH
Testimony 



*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 



 

Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Honoring the Nation’s Small Business Heroes.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated May 5-11 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is saluting “Heroes of Small Business,” those leaders who exemplify the determination, hard work, and creativity that showcases the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories. The Committee will examine the important role these firms play in creating jobs, growing our economy, and investing in our local communities. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Witnesses to come. 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


 

Markup

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. The markup will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The items that will be marked up include:

H.R. 277, “Access to Sufficient Capital for Everyone in Natural Disaster areas Act of 2019”

H.R. 2142, “To amend the Small Business Act to require the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman to create a centralized website for compliance guides, and for other purposes”

H.R. 1649, “Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2019”

H.R. 1648, “Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2019”

H.R. 2331, “SBA Cyber Awareness Act of 2019”

H.R. 2345, “Clarifying the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2019”


Markup Notice 

Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Lost Opportunities? SBA’s Engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine whether Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are receiving adequate support from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help develop successful entrepreneurs.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Panel One

Ms. Anna Maria Ortiz
Acting Director
Financial Markets and Community Investment
Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC
Testimony 


Mr. Allen Gutierrez

Associate Administrator
Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony

Panel Two

Dr. Paulette Dillard
President
Shaw University
Raleigh, NC
Testimony 

Dr. Barron H. Harvey
Dean of the School of Business
Howard University
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Dr. Michael H. Casson, Jr. Ph. D
Dean of the School of Business
Delaware State University
Dover, DE
Testimony 

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
President and CEO
Benedict College
Columbia, SC  
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

 
 

SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is SBA’s flagship lending program, guaranteeing more than 60,000 small business loans totaling $25.4 billion. Traditionally, the program relies on a combination of fees and recoveries of collateral on defaulted loans to operate without appropriations from Congress. However, in its budget request to Congress for FY2020, SBA predicts a funding shortfall in the program, and in response, proposes numerous fee increases to cover the shortfall. The purpose of this hearing is to provide Members the opportunity to examine the SBA’s budget and consider how the changes will impact small business lending.

To view the livestream of the hearing, click here


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Panel One

Mr. Tim Gribben
Chief Financial Officer and Association Administrator for Performance Management
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Panel Two

Mr. Tony Wilkinson
President & CEO
National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
Stillwater, OK
Testimony 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

 

The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “The Small Business Trade Snapshot: Agriculture and Workers.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Trade issues have been at the forefront of national conversations due to the implications for nearly every sector of our economy. Small businesses, which include farmers, make up ninety-seven percent of U.S. exporters. The hearing will examine the state of trade for small businesses, farmers, and the employees who are critical to small businesses in numerous industries. It will also offer an opportunity to discuss small business and labor goals for future trade activities. 


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List

Witnesses 

Mr. Mark Meirick
Board Member
Iowa Pork Producers Association
Protivin, Iowa
Testimony

Mr. Glenn Stoltzfus
Co-owner, Pennwood Farms
District 11 State Board Director and Dairy Committee Chairman
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Berlin, PA
Testimony 


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence



 

Unlocking Small Business Retirement Security

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled,“Unlocking Small Business Retirement Security.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Retirement security is one of the most important issues facing Americans today. Retirement benefits not only provide future financial security for business owners and employees, but also allow entrepreneurs the ability to attract and retain talented individuals as their businesses grow.  However, many retirement plans are complicated and expensive to start and maintain. These challenges lead many small business owners to forgo such a plan, leaving the employers and the employees without adequate retirement savings. The hearing will examine the options for small employers, the benefits and barriers they face in offering plans, and options for expanding coverage.


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Ms. Martella A. Turner-Joseph 
Founding Partner
Joseph & Turner Consulting Actuaries, LLC 
New York, NY 
 *Testifying on behalf of the American Retirement Association 
Testimony

Mr. Paul F. Davidson
Director
Product Management Paychex, Inc.
Rochester, NY
Testimony

Mr. Keith Hall 
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association for the Self-Employed
Washington, DC
Testimony


*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Witness List
 

Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled, “Cleared for Take-off? Implementation of the Small Business Runway Extension Act.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

H.R. 6330, the Small Business Runway Extension Act was signed into law on December 2018 and was designed to assist small business successfully bridge the gap between competing in the small business space and the open marketplace against larger companies. The Small Business Administration is working on regulations for the law’s implementation. The hearing will consider the current state of H.R. 6330’s implementation and potential solutions to mitigate any challenges during the process and if steps may be necessary to expand its reach.  


Hearing Notice 

Witnesses 

Mr. David Black
Partner
Holland & Knight 
Tysons, VA
Testimony

Ms. Megan C. Connor   
Partner
PilieroMazza PLLC
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Brian Morales 
President
ProCal Lighting 
Vista, CA
*Testifying on behalf of the National Electrical Contractors Association
Testimony 

Ms. Erin Allen   
President
Contemporaries, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
*Testifying in her role as a board member on behalf of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Testimony 

 

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

Witness List
 

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