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Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses at Military Bases

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled, “Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses at Military Bases.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Town Hall, 111 West Second Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Small contractors are pivotal to a competitive federal procurement marketplace and to local communities. The subcommittee hearing will highlight the opportunities available to small government contractors, particularly those located near military bases such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.


Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 



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



 

Supporting the Next Generation of Agricultural Businesses

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship will meet for a hearing titled, “Supporting the Next Generation of Agricultural Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

A focus of the subcommittee is to increase the economic development of rural areas of the country. The hearing will discuss the challenges the nation’s younger generation faces in rural areas, particularly in the agricultural industry. America’s farmers are getting older, with the average age of 58 years old. As older farmers look to retire or transition away from the business of farming, new farmers are presented with opportunities and difficult challenges. This hearing is designed to enable Members to have a dialogue about the problems and the potential solutions within the rural agricultural industry as it pertains to beginning farmers and younger entrepreneurs.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Matthew Keesling Farm Manager
Bures' Organic Family Farm
Deerbrook, WI
*Testifying on behalf of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Testimony 

Mr. Jason Grimm Owner
Grimm Family Farm
Williamsburg, IA
*Testifying on behalf of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Eastern Iowa Young Farmers 
Coalition
Testimony

 

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



 

Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a Help or Hinderance to Main Street?

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a Help or Hinderance to Main Street?” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has affected small businesses. Members will hear from small business owners and tax experts regarding the impact the law has had on their operations since the law’s enactment on December 22, 2017.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Jane Gravelle
Senior Specialist in Economic Policy
Congressional Research Service
Washington, DC
Testimony

Ms. Anne C. Zimmerman, CPA
President
Zimmerman & Co, CPAs, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
Testimony

Mr. Justin Conger
President
Conger Construction Group
Lebanon, OH
Testimony

 

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



 

How Regulations Stifle Small Business Growth

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled, “How Regulations Stifle Small Business Growth” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:00 A.M. (CDT) on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa, North Hall Conference Center, Room 150, 700 N. Greenwood Ave. Tulsa, OK, 74106.

Despite a growing economy, America’s small businesses continue to face challenges complying with federal regulations. Regulatory burdens constrain small business job creation and business expansion. This hearing aims to highlight how federal rules and regulations are impacting Oklahoma’s small businesses.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

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



 

Flooded Out: Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 10:30am

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Flooded Out: Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 19, 2019 at Wheeling Village Hall – 2 Community Blvd, Wheeling, IL, 60090.

Environmental reviews protect communities by studying in advance the social, environmental, and economic harms that could result from a construction project. Understanding the potential harms gives the public and government officials the ability to make informed decision-making prior to construction and the opportunity to plan for mitigation. Unfortunately, environmental reviews are skipped for expediency, such as the Foxconn development in Wisconsin which has the potential to exacerbate flooding in the Des Plaines River watershed. After severe flooding in 2017, businesses in Lake County, Illinois utilized SBA’s disaster loans to rebuild and recover. With projections of more severe future flooding, the SBA disaster loan program could face further unnecessary strain. As Congress considers adapting the program to face additional challenges related to increasing disasters, it is important to understand how compliance with required environmental reviews can ensure the longevity of the SBA disaster program.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Mike Warner
Executive Director
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Libertyville, IL
Testimony

Mr. Howard Learner
Executive Director
The Environmental Law & Policy Center
Chicago, IL
Testimony

Mr. John Durning
Owner
Pizzeria Deville
Libertyville, IL
Testimony

Mr. Preston D. Cole
Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI
Testimony 

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



 

07/17/19 SBC Markup

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 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, July 17, 2019, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The items that will be marked up include:

 

H.R. 3537, “Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2019”

H.R. XXXX, “Successful Entrepreneurship for Reservists and Veterans Act”

H.R. 1615, “Verification Alignment and Service-disabled Business Adjustment Act”

H.R. 499, “Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act”

H.R. 3661, “Patriotic Employer Protection Act”

 


Markup Notice 

Helping Small Businesses Compete: Challenges and Opportunities in the Federal Procurement Marketplace

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure will meet for a hearing titled, “Helping Small Businesses Compete: Challenges and Opportunities in the Federal Procurement Marketplace.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

As part of the Subcommittee’s ongoing effort to improve the competitive viability of small businesses, the hearing will examine a variety of issues affecting small contractors. It will allow Members to look at some of the common challenges faced in the federal contracting arena. The hearing will also allow small contractors the opportunity to explain how these issues directly impact their daily operations and bring forward some of the potential solutions to address them.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Ms. Belinda Guadarrama
Founder & CEO
GC Micro
Petaluma, CA
*Testifying on behalf of GovEvolve
Testimony 

Mr. Bruce Lansdowne
President & CEO
Trinity Technology Partners
Greenbelt, MD
*Testifying on behalf of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Testimony 

 

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



 

SBA Management and Oversight of SCORE

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “SBA Management and Oversight of SCORE.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

The SCORE Program was established in 1964 as a national, volunteer nonprofit organization. It provides face-to-face counseling at nearly 350 chapters nationwide with more than 11,000 SCORE volunteers. SCORE volunteers provide a full range of business consultation services, such as business plan development, strategic marketing, and financing ideas. The Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General released an audit of the program in April 2019 examining the SBA’s oversight of the program’s awarded federal funds and the measurement and achievement of program goals. The hearing provides an opportunity to discuss the audit report and what steps the agency is taking to resolve the recommendations.  

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Hannibal “Mike” Ware
Inspector General 
United States Small Business Administration 
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Allen Gutierrez
Associate Administrator
Office of Entrepreneurial Development 
U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 

 

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



 

Continuing to Serve: From Military to Entrepreneur

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 11:30am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Continuing to Serve: From Military to Entrepreneur.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
 
While facing challenges in transitioning to new jobs after time in the military, returning service members possess leadership skills that naturally translate to entrepreneurship. The purpose of the hearing will be to discuss the role of veteran entrepreneurs in growing the economy and examine legislative efforts to foster veteran entrepreneurship.

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

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Witnesses 

Mr. Davy Leghorn 
Assistant Director 
The American Legion 
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Mr. Scott M. Davidson CPT. USA, Retired  
Managing Principal & CEO
The GCO Consulting Group
McLean, VA
Testimony 

Mr. Torrance Harrington Hart  
Owner 
Teak & Twine 
Springfield, VA
Testimony 

Ms. Laurie Sayles
President and CEO
Civility Management Solutions
Greenbelt, MD
Testimony

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



 

Crushed by Confessions of Judgement: The Small Business Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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