House Small Business Committee

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




07-29-21 Markup

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 10:00am
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 10:00 A.M. (ET) on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in room 2360 Rayburn HOB, and livestreamed on the Committee’s Facebook live and YouTube pages. The items that will be marked up include:

H.R. 4256, “Investing in Main Street Act”

H.R. 4481, “Small Business 7(a) Loan Agent Transparency Act”

H.R. 4531, “7(a) Loan Agent Oversight Act”

H.R. 3469, “Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2021”

H.R. 3462, “SBA Cyber Awareness Act”  

H.R. 4515, “Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2021”  

H.R. 4513, “Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2021”


Wealth for the Working Class: The Clean Energy Economy

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Wealth for the Working Class: The Clean Energy Economy.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The clean energy economy has seen robust growth in recent decades and now presents the opportunity for widespread wealth creation that benefits American small businesses, their workers, and consumers. It has the potential to create millions of good-paying jobs spread across tens of thousands of businesses while simultaneously lowering energy prices for consumers. This hearing will focus on workforce development initiatives in the clean energy economy, discuss Congressional proposals regarding clean energy, and explore the potential for the growth this industry could unleash.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 


 





SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/21/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “SBA’s Role in Climate Solutions.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to local economies, but small businesses can take steps to become more resilient and boost their competitiveness. The SBA can support efforts to facilitate access to capital for climate change mitigation investments and resilience efforts. This hearing will allow members to learn more about the role that small businesses can play in addressing climate change, and how federal programs and services support small businesses adapt, innovate, and thrive.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 



Strengthening the Cybersecurity Posture of America’s Small Business Community

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/20/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Strengthening the Cybersecurity Posture of America’s Small Business Community.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Small businesses are highly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats as employers, suppliers, and consumers in a modern digital economy. Many cannot afford dedicated Information Technology (IT) staff to navigate and mitigate risks and are wary of investments in pricey software. This hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine the many cybersecurity threats facing small businesses and identify available resources. 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Tasha Cornish
Executive Director
Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc.
Baltimore, MD

Ms. Sharon Nichols
State Director
Mississippi Small Business Development Center
University, MS

Ms. Kiersten Todt
Managing Director
Cyber Readiness Institute
New York, NY

Mr. Graham Dufault
Senior Director for Public Policy
ACT | The App Association
Washington, DC


Innovation as a Catalyst for New Jobs: SBA’s Innovation Initiatives

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/14/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a remote hearing titled: “Innovation as a Catalyst for New Jobs: SBA’s Innovation Initiatives.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

Innovation is key to the success of America’s small businesses and the country’s long-term economic prospects. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a number of programs to stimulate innovation at startups across the country. Subcommittee Members will have the opportunity to learn more about these programs and the importance of federal investment in innovation as a means to foster entrepreneurship, particularly in the post-pandemic economy.
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. E. LaVerne Epp
Executive Chair
KU Innovation Park
Lawrence, KS

Mr. Benjamin Robert Johnson
Chairman
Innovation Advocacy Council
Westerville, OH
 


Rural American Recovery: The Role of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Development will hold a remote hearing titled: “Rural American Recovery: The Role of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

One in five Americans lives in a rural area and Main Street businesses are the backbone of those communities across the nation. Even before the pandemic, these entrepreneurs faced unique challenges compared to their urban counterparts. Among the top challenges are geographic isolation, inadequate broadband internet service, difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified workers, barriers to capital and reluctance from major industries to provide service in rural areas. Despite these challenges, rural firms continue to innovate, invest in their communities, and drive the economic rebirth after the pandemic but they need support. This hearing will give Members of the Committee the opportunity to hear about the benefits small firms bring to rural communities, difficulties they face, and how the SBA plays a role in supporting them, such as through the Office of Rural Affairs.
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Nathan Ohle
Chief Executive Officer 
Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Washington, DC

Ms. Jessica Campos
Women's Business Center Director 
Center for Rural Affairs
Lyons, NE

Mr. Brett Challenger
Senior Vice President of the Regional Agribusiness Banking Group
CoBank
Greenwood Village, CO
 



Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/30/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

While small businesses play an outsized role in local economies and job creation, they have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure a robust recovery, Congress will need to consider ways to fill the entrepreneurship gaps that have existed for years in low-income and rural areas. This hearing will focus on H.R. 1226, the Next Generation Entrepreneurship Corps Act, which would establish a Corps to make an investment in these Main Street businesses, and give Members the opportunity to hear from experts about how this program could potentially help with the economic recovery. 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. John R. Dearie
President
Center for American Entrepreneurship
Great Falls, VA

Dr. J.D. LaRock
President and Chief Executive Officer
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
New York, NY

Ms. Denyse Airheart
Business Pathways Director
Mi Casa Resource Center
Denver, CO





Committee on Small Business: 2021 Member Day Hearing

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/29/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Committee on Small Business: 2021 Member Day Hearing.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 


 




CMMC Implementation: What It Means for Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “CMMC Implementation: What It Means for Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is the Department of Defense’s latest initiative to increase cybersecurity preparedness across the defense industrial base. The hearing will provide Members the opportunity to learn more about this initiative, its implementation, and the compliance challenges it poses for small businesses.
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Jonathan T. Williams
Partner
PilieroMazza PLLC
Washington, DC

Mr. Scott Singer
President
CyberNINES
Madison, WI

Ms. Tina Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
T47 International, Inc.
Upper Marlboro, MD

Mr. Michael Dunbar
President
Ryzhka International LLC
Pompano Beach, FL
*Testifying on behalf of the HUBZone Contractors National Council
 





Prioritizing Small Undeserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 2:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Prioritizing Small Undeserved and Rural Businesses in the SBIR/STTR Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

This is the second hearing in a series on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which is authorized through September 30, 2022. The SBIR and STTR programs share four goals, one is to foster inclusion and diversification among innovative firms. At this hearing, Members will examine agency strategies and measure progress made towards the diversification goal. 
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Joshua A. Henry
President and Founder
GO Lab, Inc.
Madison, ME 

Ms. Nancy Min
Founder
ecoLong
Albany, NY
*Testifying on behalf of the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN)

Dr. Angelique Johnson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
MEMStim LLC
Louisville, KY 
 

 






Supporting Small Entities through Investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Development will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Supporting Small Entities through Investments in the National Infrastructure: Broadband.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom. 

Access to reliable and affordable broadband service is imperative to not only the success of small businesses, but the overall economic development of the nation. Unfortunately, many parts of the country lack reliable access to broadband at benchmark speeds. As Congress debates an infrastructure plan, investing in the nation’s broadband must be part of the conversation.  At this hearing, Members will examine broadband as a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure and strategies to reduce the digital divide. 
 
To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here. 

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Peggy Schaffer
Executive Director
ConnectMaine Authority
Augusta, ME 

Mr. Dan Sullivan
President
Downeast Broadband Utility 
Calais, ME 

Mr. Matt Dunne
Founder and Executive Director
Center on Rural Innovation
Hartland, VT 

Mr. Tim Waibel
President
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Burnsville, MN 
 







Reversing the Decline in Women Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Rebuilding the Economy

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “Reversing the Decline in Women Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Rebuilding the Economy.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via Zoom.

Women-owned small businesses have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with many reporting a decline in sales and fear of permanent closure. Yet, as the nation begins to reopen, women entrepreneurship has the ability to become an economic engine of growth. To ensure a robust recovery, Congress will need to consider ways to support women entrepreneurs, workers, and small business owners. This hearing will give Members an opportunity to hear about how the pandemic has exacerbated perpetual challenges facing women entrepreneurs and how many women responded with innovative solutions. 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 








Utilization of Small Contractors in the Infrastructure Plan

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a remote hearing titled: “Utilization of Small Contractors in the Infrastructure Plan.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 10, 2021 via the Zoom platform (information to be provided).

The hearing will focus on the importance of infrastructure investment and how it will promote contracting opportunities for small businesses, who will play a central role in upgrading the nation’s infrastructure. The hearing will provide Committee Members the opportunity to learn more where contractual opportunities lie as well as the resources small businesses need to undertake infrastructure projects. 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Sheila Orhenberg
National President, Women Construction Owners and Executives (WCOE)
President, Sorella Group
Kansas City, KS

Mr. Ralph Thomas III
National Director Emeritus, National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)
Attorney, Law Offices of Ralph C. Thomas III PLLC
Washington, DC

Mr. Josh Bone
Executive Director
ELECTRI International
Washington, DC
*Testifying on behalf of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)








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