House Small Business Committee

A Discussion with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 11/16/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “A Discussion with SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom. 

The Honorable Isabella Casillas Guzman serves as the 27th Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). Members will hear about Administrator Guzman’s vision for the agency as it emerges from the pandemic and discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist for small businesses.
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

The Honorable Isabella Casillas Guzman
Administrator
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

The Community College Pipeline to Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 11/04/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “The Community College Pipeline to Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Community colleges and the services they provide are an essential part of the COVID-19 recovery effort. From workforce development initiatives, like apprenticeships and job training, to innovation and entrepreneurial development programs, like incubators and accelerators, community colleges are central to rebuilding local economies and retooling the American workforce. Members will hear from educational leaders on the way community colleges can drive economic development and revitalization.

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Entrepreneurship in the New Economy

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 11/03/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Entrepreneurship in the New Economy.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit small businesses particularly hard, yet the number of startups across the country surged in 2020. The boom in entrepreneurship is not only unexpected but reversing four decades of steady declines. This hearing will examine the increase in American entrepreneurship and discuss how businesses are rebuilding from a once-in-a-generation economic crisis. Members will hear from experts alongside small business owners that will describe the changing nature of the economy coming out of the pandemic.
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Ellie Diop
Chief Executive Officer
Eliza Revella Consulting Services
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Andrew Fogaty
Executive Director
36Squared Business Incubator
Chicago, IL

Ms. Stephanie E. DeVane
Vice President of Entrepreneurship & Business Development
National Urban League
New York, NY

Mr. Raymond Keating
Chief Economist
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council)
Vienna, VA

A Review of the SBIC Program

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 10/27/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “A Review of the SBIC Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The hearing will educate Members about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, which is designed to provide debt and equity financing to high-growth small businesses lacking access to adequate capital from traditional sources. Members will have an opportunity to discuss recent proposals to target SBIC funds to underrepresented businesses and critical sectors, as well as ways to improve investor diversity in the program.
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Holly Huels
Founder and Managing Partner
Holleway Capital Partners, LLC
St. Louis, MO

Mr. Carl Kopfinger
Senior Vice President
TD Bank
Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Carmen Palafox
Partner
MiLA Capital
Chatsworth, CA

Global Supply Chains and Small Business Trade Challenges

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Global Supply Chains and Small Business Trade Challenges.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many weaknesses in the global supply chains that small businesses rely on to provide goods and services. As the economy recovers, small firms and consumers alike face product shortages and transportation delays that can hinder a strong recovery. The hearing will allow Members to examine the issues causing disruptions, challenges small entities face in adjusting to the disruption, and steps Congress can take to strengthen supply chain resiliency.  
 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 



Growing the Small Business Supplier Base in Government Contracting

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 12:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a remote hearing titled: “Growing the Small Business Supplier Base in Government Contracting.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

In the last decade, the federal small business supplier base has shrunk by an astounding 40 percent. While not the only factor, Category Management has substantially contributed and accelerated this decrease. The hearing will examine Category Management and its impact on small businesses serving as federal prime contractors. The hearing will also explore potential solutions to reverse this trend and grow our federal small business supplier base.  
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 


Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Alba Alemán
Chief Executive Officer and Founder 
Citizant, Inc. 
Chantilly, VA 
*Testifying on behalf of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Lynn Ann Casey
Chief Executive Officer and Founder 
Arc Aspicio
Washington, DC 

Mr. Victor Holt 
Chief Executive Officer and Founder 
V-Tech Solutions, Inc. 
Silver Spring, MD  
*Testifying on behalf of the HUBZone Council 
 

 


SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 10/06/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom. 

The hearing will examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Entrepreneurial Development programs, which provide counseling, training, and outreach to small businesses, as well as discuss any challenges the Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) faces implementing the broad range of services and programs under its jurisdiction.  

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Mark Madrid
Associate Administrator
Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED)
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
 

 

Empowering Employee Owned Businesses and Cooperatives Through Access to Capital

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Empowering Employee Owned Businesses and Cooperatives Through Access to Capital.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The hearing will educate Members on the challenges faced by employee-owned businesses in the post-COVID-19 economy, especially in accessing affordable capital. The hearing will also provide Members with a history of the Small Business Committee’s legislative efforts to improve access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan guarantee program for employee-owned firms.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. R.L. Condra
Senior Vice President
National Cooperative Bank
Arlington, VA

Ms. Tatia Cooper
President
Home Care Associates
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Gary Shorman
Chairman and Chief Development Officer
Eagle Communications
Hays, KS

Sustainable Forestry’s Role in Climate Solutions

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Sustainable Forestry’s Role in Climate Solutions.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

As the Federal Government considers options for infrastructure investments and ways to help mitigate and adapt to climate change, the forestry sector offers multiple avenues to address these goals while also promoting small business development in rural and underserved communities. Sustainable forest management can provide economic and social benefits to meet the needs of present and future generations and also play a fundamental role in the natural resource infrastructure of our nation. This hearing will allow members to learn more about the role of sustainable forestry and how small businesses across this sector are helping to address climate change.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Dana Doran
Executive Director
Professional Logging Contractors of Maine
Augusta, ME

Dr. Adam Daigneault
Associate Professor of Forest Policy and Economics
University of Maine
Orono, ME

Mr. Scott Dane
Executive Director
American Logger Council
Gilbert, MN




National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 09/14/2021 - 11:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a remote hearing titled: “National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has designated the week of September 13 as its National Small Business Week. To honor all of America’s entrepreneurs, the House Small Business Committee is honoring small businesses who showcase the American entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurs from across the country will testify on their small business success stories.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Panel One
Mr. Tod Greenfield
Vice President
Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Brooklyn, NY

Ms. Jan Haviland
Owner and President
Haviland Corp.
Linn, MO

Ms. Shelonda Stokes
President
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Ms. Natasha Hudson
Owner
Hudson’s on Mercer
Dripping Springs, TX

Panel Two
Mr. Peter Wanberg
Owner
Jubilee Roasting Co.
Aurora, CO

Ms. Krystal Hernandez
Owner
La Plaza F!esta
Madelia, MN

Mr. Jonathan Fink
Owner
Pasadena Sandwich Company
Pasadena, CA

Mr. Mark J. Lunde
Chief Executive Officer
Lunde Auto Sales
Wadena, MN

Panel Three
Ms. Christine Lantinen
President and Owner
Maud Borup Inc.
Plymouth, MN

Ms. Susan Shaw
Owner
Shaw Insurance Agency
Hurst, TX

Mr. Jaime Di Paulo
President and Chief Executive Officer
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)
Chicago, IL

Mr. Michael Sharp
Chief Executive Officer
TJ Hale
Menomonee Falls, WI

Panel Four
Mr. Eric Childs
Owner
Mind’s Eye Comics
Burnsville, MN

Mr. Barry Schlouch
President
Schlouch Incorporated
Blandon, PA

Mr. Donald Fox
President and Chief Executive Officer
Fox Theatres, LLC
Wyomissing, PA

Ms. Renae Keitt
President
Ark Temporary Staffing
Lawrenceville, GA

09-09-21 Markup

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid markup at 10:00 A.M. (EDT) on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building and on Zoom. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Zoom, information to be provided separately. The Committee will consider Committee Print (providing for reconciliation pursuant to S. Con. Res. 14, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022).

To watch a livestream of the markup, please click here. 

Markup Notice 

Committee Print 

What Comes Next? PPP Forgiveness

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business will hold a remote hearing titled: “What Comes Next? PPP Forgiveness.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

The hearing will update Members on the loan forgiveness phase of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Members will also learn about legislative and administrative efforts to continue streamlining the forgiveness process for borrowers and lenders. 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Tracy C. Ward
Director of the SBA 504 Loan Program
Self-Help Ventures Fund
Durham, NC

Ms. Leslie Payne
Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending
Affinity Federal Credit Union
Basking Ridge, NJ
*Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Federally Insured Credit Unions

Ms. Marla Bilonick
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders
Washington, DC




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