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How COVID-19 is Impacting Small Businesses Across the Food System

Wed, 09/30/2020 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “How COVID-19 is Impacting Small Businesses Across the Food System.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex.

This hearing will give members a chance to hear about the role of small businesses within our food production, distribution, and retail systems, the challenges they are facing, and how federal programs are addressing these challenges.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses
Ms. Kimberly Gorton
President and CEO
Slade Gorton & Co., Inc.
Boston, MA
*Testifying on behalf of the National Fisheries Institute

Mr. Jimmy Wright
President
Wright’s Market
Opelika, AL
*Testifying on behalf of the National Grocers Association

Mr. Rob Larew
President
National Farmers Union
Washington, DC

Mr. Collin Castore
Owner, Seventh Son Brewing
President, Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA)
Columbus, OH

A Review of PPP Forgiveness

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 9:30am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hybrid hearing entitled “A Review of PPP Forgiveness.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM (EST) on Friday, September 25, 2020 and will take place in room 2360 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 provide an overview of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process and allow Members an opportunity to hear from lenders, borrowers, and other stakeholders about their experiences with the forgiveness process. The committee will examine loan forgiveness guidance and proposals for simplifying the loan forgiveness process for certain borrowers.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses
Ms. Lynn G. Ozer
President, SBA Lending
Fulton Bank
Pottstown, PA

Ms. Amy Bonfig
Owner
Little Saints Academy
St. Joseph, MN

Mr. Jim Parker
CEO & Director
Riverview Studios
Bordentown, NJ

Mr. Pete Patel
President & Chief Executive Officer
Promise Hotels
Tulsa, OK 





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The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will hold a hybrid hearing entitled “Paycheck Protection Program: An Examination of Loan Forgiveness, SBA Legacy Systems, and Inaccurate Data.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM (EST) on Thursday, September 24, 2020 and will take place in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco WebEx, information to be provided separately.

The SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide an incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. However, SBA’s legacy technology systems were not fully equipped to handle the unprecedented level of applicants, resulting in a number of technical issues with the implementation. Members of the Committee will have an opportunity to address these issues and the related concerns about the accuracy of the recently released PPP data, as well as learn more about SBA’s new system for PPP f orgiveness. 


To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. William Manger
Small Business Administration Chief of Staff
Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access
Small Business Administration
Washington, DC


09/16/20 Markup

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 10:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hybrid markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. The markup will be held at 10:30 A.M. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building and on Cisco WebEx.

The items that will be marked up include:

H.R. 7903, “To amend the Small Business Act to establish the Community Advantage Loan Program”

H.R. XXXX, “504 Modernization and Small Manufacturer Enhancement Act of 2020”

H.R. XXXX, “504 Credit Risk Management Improvement Act of 2020”

H.R. XXXX, “Parity for HUBZone Appeals Act of 2020”

To view a livestream of the markup, please click here

Markup Notice 

 

SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracting and Business Development

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will hold a hybrid hearing titled: “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Participating members can also join remotely via CISCO Webex. 
 
The hearing will allow members to learn more about SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD), which assists small businesses that participate in the federal procurement space by administering SBA’s business development and contracting programs. The purpose of the hearing is to examine GCBD’s operations, as well as administrative challenges and the ongoing efforts to address them.  


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

Hearing Notice 


Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Dr. Francis Spampinato
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracting and Business Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC


Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 1:00pm

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a remote hearing entitled “Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 10, 2020 via Cisco Webex, information to be provided separately.

The hearing will allow Members to learn more about why the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge for rural economies. Further, it will examine what worked and did not work to encourage rural development and entrepreneurship during and after the Great Recession, and how these lessons can be applied to the current crisis.


To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Chad Nath
Executive Director
LINK Grinnell Inc.
Grinnell, IA

Mr. Mark Rembert
Head of the Rural Innovation Network
Center on Rural Innovation
Hartland, VT

Mr. Jeremy Ketelsen
Vice President
Ketelsen RV
Hiawatha, IA

Mr. Jason Duff
Founder
Small Nation
Bellefontaine, OH

Transparency in Small Business Lending

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 1:00pm

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “Transparency in Small Business Lending.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 via Cisco Webex.

The hearing will allow Members to explore the challenges and opportunities for small businesses presented by innovations in financial technology (“Fintech”), with a focus on access to capital. Members will hear from lenders, industry advocates, and academics regarding the policy issues Congress and regulators must confront in assuring a fair but efficient small business credit market, specifically with regard to transparency in the Fintech space

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

Hearing Notice
 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Adam Levitin
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC 

Mr. Michael Hiles
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
10XTS
Cincinnati, OH





Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:00am
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will hold a hybrid hearing entitled “Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM (EST) on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 and will take place in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco Webex.

The hearing will allow members to learn more about why the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique challenge for rural economies. Further, it will examine what worked and did not work to encourage rural development and entrepreneurship during and after the Great Recession, and how these lessons can be applied to the current crisis.
 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 






21st Century SBA: An Analysis of SBA’s Technology Systems

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hybrid hearing entitled, “21st Century SBA: An Analysis of SBA’s Technology Systems." The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, and will take place in room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Members who wish to participate remotely may do so via Cisco WebEx.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Small Business Administration experienced an unprecedented level of applicants for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs. The influx inundated SBA’s systems leading to backend system crashes, portals operating slowly, and a glitch that led to a data breach of applicants’ personal information. The Committee will meet to examine SBA’s response to the technological issues that borrowers and lenders faced when applying for the economic relief programs. 
 

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Mr. Guy Cavallo
Deputy Chief Information Officer
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC




Oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury Pandemic Programs

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:30am
The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “Oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury Pandemic Programs.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM (EST) on Friday, July 17, 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.

In light of the pandemic, Congress acted swiftly to make certain small employers could use the existing SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to access much needed financial assistance and created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at SBA, which has been implemented with the assistance of the Department of Treasury. The hearing gives Members the ability to hear from administration officials about the interpretation, implementation, and effectiveness of the programs in providing economic assistance to employers throughout the ongoing pandemic.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 


The Honorable Jovita Carranza
Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin
Secretary
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Washington, DC

Putting America Back to Work: The Role of Workforce Development and Small Business Rehiring

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development will meet for a hearing titled, “Putting America Back to Work: The Role of Workforce Development and Small Business Rehiring.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 16, 2020, via CISCO WebEx.

Since March, over 45 million Americans have applied for unemployment and some experts estimate that many of these jobs will not return. Many of the new jobs that are created to replace the old ones may require different skills for which workers may not be trained. Unfortunately, many of the workforce development programs in America have been severely underfunded for years, creating additional challenges in responding to mass unemployment. This hearing will analyze federal programs intended to develop the nation’s workforce and allow Members to hear from experts and officials about how to put Americans back to work.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

Ms. Demetra Smith Nightingale
Institute Fellow
Urban Institute
Washington, DC

Ms. Kelly Folks
Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Director
Workforce Center
Centennial, CO
*Testifying on behalf of Workforce Boards and Centers and the Rocky Mountain Workforce Development Association (RMWDA)







Long-Lasting Solutions for a Small Business Recovery

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:00pm
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Long-Lasting Solutions for a Small Business Recovery.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, via CISCO WebEx.

The hearing will allow members to learn about current barriers and solutions to recovery for small businesses. The hearing will explore efforts to stimulate small business growth following the Great Recession, applying those programs to the COVID-19 crisis, and new ideas to help industries that have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witnesses 

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

Ms. Amanda Cohen
Chef and Owner
Dirt Candy
New York, NY
*Testifying on behalf of the Independent Restaurant Association

Dr. Lisa D. Cook
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Mr. Pete Blackshaw
CEO
Cintrifuse
Cincinnati, OH






Supply Chain Resiliency

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

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

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

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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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 

  

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