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  • Access to Capital

    Small businesses continue to face significant hurdles when it comes to accessing capital. With large companies frequently raising capital through debt and equity markets, small businesses regularly finance their ventures with commercial bank borrowin...

  • Contracting

    Each year, the government dedicates nearly half a trillion dollars to the purchase of goods through federal contracts. Because this is a significant amount of federal dollars, we owe it to the taxpayers to make sure that we are using them wisely and ...

  • Disaster Assistance

    When a disaster strikes the United States and the damage, both physical and economic, is severe enough to prompt a federal declaration, the SBA provides the Disaster Loan Program to those impacted. To assist during uncertain times, the Disaster Loan ...

  • Energy

    Energy policy in the United States impacts everyone, including small businesses. In fact, roughly one third of small businesses list energy costs as one of their top three businesses expenses. Considering 99.9 percent of all business in the United St...

  • Environment

    Federal environmental regulations impact a wide variety of small businesses, including farmers, construction companies, manufacturers, energy producers, and others across the entire country. Key environmental issues affecting small businesses can inc...

  • Health

    The health care reform legislation that became law in March of 2010 is bad policy. Not only has implementation of this law dramatically increased the role of government in health care and trapped Americans in a web of bureaucratic red tape, it has cr...

  • Tax Reform

    Recognizing the importance of tax reform to the health of the economy, the 115th Congress passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was later signed into law. This tax reform law takes the right steps to create an environment where small busine...

  • Oversight and Regulatory Reform

    Regulatory reform and oversight of small business issues within government agencies are key responsibilities of Congress. Small businesses are disproportionately impacted by regulatory costs, making it vital that Congress ensures that federal agencie...

  • Rural America

    Small businesses play a vital role in rural America, creating roughly two-thirds of new jobs. However, entrepreneurs in these communities face different challenges than those in metropolitan areas. Employers in rural areas have a harder time accessin...

  • International Trade

    International trade is a critical component for the long-term growth and viability of small businesses and the U.S. economy overall. Every year, US exports generates trillions of dollars in revenue and supports more than 10 million jobs. Exporting pr...

  • Technology

    SBIR and STTR Since its enactment in 1982 as part of the Small Business Innovation Development Act, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has helped thousands of small businesses to compete for federal research and development awards....

  • Workplace Issues

    The 116th Congress must ensure that the scope of federal workplace programs do not negatively affect a small business owners’ ability to run their businesses and manage their workforce. “One size fits all” policies, such as the “overtime” and “Volks”...