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What They Are Saying: Small business organizations speak out against Democrats' partisan minimum wage overhaul

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yesterday, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations held a hybrid hearing titled “Perspectives from Main Street: Raising the Wage” where Republican Members explained the negative impact a federal minimum wage mandate would have on our nation's small businesses. In addition to testimonials from small business owners across the country, s... Read more »

Committee Republicans Sign Letter Urging SBA to Deny PPP Loans for Abortion Providers, Luetkemeyer Co-Leads

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, House Committee on Small Business Republican Members signed a letter sent to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting information on past and potential future Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) access for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and other ineligible abortion-providing organizations. Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) co-led the l... Read more »

ICYMI: MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Index Shows Record High Small Business Optimism

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WASHINGTON – Released yesterday, the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index fourth quarter report showed an all-time high in overall optimism among American small business owners. According to the Q4 report: Overall optimism reached 71.3, up 0.6 points, the highest score since the survey’s inception in 2017 59 percent of small business owners say their local economic outlook is go... Read more »

ICYMI: District Work Period Roundup with Republicans on the Small Business Committee

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WASHINGTON – During the recent district work period, Republican Members of the House Committee on Small Business met with numerous local small business owners, who told them about the need for workforce development, the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and how they are reinvesting in their company and employees. Here are some highlights: Rep. Amata Radewagen (R-AS) visited one of American Sam... Read more »

ICYMI: MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Q3 Index Records All Time High Optimism

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WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index recorded the highest optimism score since the creation of the index. According to the Q3 index: Overall optimism increased to 70.7, rising two points from Q2. 38 percent of minority-owned small businesses plan on hiring in the future. One in three veteran-owned small businesses plans to increase investment ... Read more »

ICYMI: Q2 U.S. Chamber Small Business Index is Another Measure of Confidence

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WASHINGTON - Last week, the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index Q2 report showed strong optimism among small business owners across the nation. According to the Q2 report: 59% of small businesses viewed the U.S. economy as "in good health," up six points from last quarter. 27% of small business owners plan to increase investment in their company over the next year. 69% of manuf... Read more »

ICYMI: Small Business Optimism Index Shows Continued Trust in Economy

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Washington – Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released its May 2019 Small Business Optimism Index, which reports continued business optimism, and recorded increased expectations for sales, business conditions, and expansion. According to the May 2019 NFIB survey: 64 percent of owners reported capital outlays, the highest since February 2018. 62 percent of owners report... Read more »

ICYMI: House Passes Four Small Business Bills

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Washington – House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement on the House passing four bipartisan Committee bills earlier this week: “The legislation passed this week includes provisions to increase federal contracting opportunities, encourage innovation, and expand access to capital for small businesses. These initiatives will provide small busin... Read more »

Chairman Chabot on FoxNews.com: Small Business Saturday Helps American Entrepreneurs

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WASHINGTON – Last week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) penned an op-ed in Fox News on the value of Small Business Saturday to communities and entrepreneurs. Read the full op-ed below. Serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business over the past four years, I’ve had the honor of advocating and fighting for Main Street. This year on Small Business Saturd... Read more »

ICYMI: Small Business Optimism Continues Record-Breaking Streak

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WASHINGTON - This week, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released its September 2018 Small Business Optimism Index, which reports continued business optimism, and recorded the third highest level in the survey’s history. The September 2018 NFIB survey revealed: 37 percent of owners reported compensation increases, which set a new record. 61 percent of owners reported hiring o... Read more »