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Policy Updates

AEO Responds to Treasury RFI on Online Marketplace Lending (Oct. 1. 2015)

Final Microloan Rules in Line with AEO Comments (June 23, 2015)

Congress Begins to Move on Microloan Program (June 1, 2015)

AEO TESTIMONY: Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn’t Left Behind (Statement for the Record--House Committee on Small Business) (May 1, 2015)

The Voice of Microbusiness Talks Tax to Congress (May 1, 2015)

AEO Sends Letter in Support of Gilberto de Jesus, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Nominee  (Feb. 10, 2015)

The President’s FY2016 Budget Request: What You Need to Know (Feb. 5, 2015)

2014: It Was A Good Year (January 7, 2015)

Congressional Leaders Set FY2015 Appropriations; Terms Will Prevent Government Shutdown (December 11, 2014)

AEO Calls on Congressional Leaders to Support Critical FY2015 Funding (December 1, 2014)

Senate Small Business Committee releases report "21st Century Barriers to Women's Entrepreneurship." Includes AEO recommendations and cites our research. (July 23, 2014)

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet blogs about her first 100 days on the job (July 15, 2014)

House Appropriators Increase FY2015 Funding for Lending & Counseling Programs Important to AEO (June 25, 2014)

SBA Announces FY2014 Funding Opportunity for Women’s Business Centers (June 23, 2014)

USDA Announces Funding Opportunity for RMAP (June 14, 2014)

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Areas (June 11, 2014)

SBA Announces FY2014 PRIME TA Grant Opportunity (June 6, 2014)

AEO Submits Microloan Program Comments to the Small Business Administration (May 16, 2014)

Blog - Women: DIY (April 17, 20141)

AEO sends FY2015 SBA/CDFI Funding Recommendations to House and Senate Appropriators (April 8, 2014)

AEO, Partners Send Recommendations to Vice President Biden on Improving Entrepreneurial Training (April 2, 2014)

Individual Health Insurance Enrollment Ends Today - How it Affects You (March 31, 2014)

Senate Confirms Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA  (March 27, 2014)

Request for Comments - Summary of Proposed Rules: Microloan Program Expanded Eligibility and Other Program Changes  (March 26, 2014)

AEO Sends Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting Maria Contreras-Sweet's Nomination to Serve As SBA Administrator  (March 5, 2014)

Budget in Brief: An Overview of the President’s FY2015 Budget Submission  (March 5, 2014)

FY2014 Appropriations Finalized – An Overview of Microbusiness Development Programs (February 4, 2014)

AEO Submits Crowdfunding Comment Letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (February 3, 2014)

Treasury Secretery Jacob J. Lew Op-Ed: "myRA: A start to a secure retirement" (January 31, 2014)

AEO's Reaction to the President's State of the Union Speech (January 29, 2014)

Webinar: Policy Briefing: FY2014 Appropriations (Download recording) (January 23, 2014)

AEO Invited to Share Research Ideas with SBA Advocacy (January 16, 2014)

FY2014 Appropriations Bill Includes Important Microbusiness Funding (January 14, 2014)

Squandering An Employment Opportunity in the Unemployment Insurance Debate (January 9, 2014)

AEO Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget Deal (December 19, 2013)

AEO Submits Testimony to House Small Business Committee on Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Implementation (December 16, 2013)

Bipartisan Budget Deal Reached (December 11, 2013)

Summary of Crowdfunding Proposed Rules - AEO Soliciting Feedback from Members for Public Comment Submission (December 10, 2013)

AEO Urges Congressional Leaders, Appropriators to Keep FY2014 Funding for Entrepreneurial Assistance Programs in Place (December 6, 2013) Note: Letters were sent to all Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees as well as Congressional Leadership. Below are the two letters sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-OH).

AEO Partner Testifies Before House Small Business Committee on State of Small Business Lending, Cites AEO’s “Bigger Than You Think” Report (December 6, 2013)

Connie Evans Testified Before Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Senate Committee on Small Business And Entrepreneurship on Small Business Healthcare Exchanges (November 20, 2013)

AEO Releases “Bigger Than You Think” Report to Packed House on Capitol Hill (November 14, 2013)

Celebrating National Women's Small Business Month - SBA (October 31, 2013)

Another Strong Year for SBA Lending in FY 2013 (October 29, 2013)

Hurricane Sandy and Small Business: One Year Later (October 29, 2013)

SEC Adopts Crowdfunding Rules (October 23, 2013)

AEO Statement on the Passage of Congressional Budget Deal (October 17, 2013)

Update on the government shutdown (October 1, 2013)

Blog - Connie Evans at the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Roundtable: Closing the Wealth Gap: Empowering Minority-Owned Businesses to Reach their Full Potential for Growth and Job Creation (September 18, 2013)

Connie Evans Speaks Before Senate Small Business Committee on TILT Forward, Entrepreneurship to Combat Nation's Wealth Gap (September 18, 2013)

AEO, 19 CDFIs Send Letter to CDFI Fund Expressing Concern Over Implementation of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) (August 23, 2013)

AEO July Policy Briefing Presentation - Appropriations, Micro Bill, Important Updates (July 30, 2013)

AEO Submits Recommendations to Senate Small Business Committee Regarding Tax Reform (July 29, 2013)

Latest FY2014 Appropriations Overview of Progams Important to AEO (July 16, 2013)

Administration Announces Delay of Healthcare Law's Employer Update (July 2, 2013)

Expanded AEO Micro Bill Introduced in the House (June 18, 2013)

AEO Summary of the President's FY2014 Budget (April 10, 2013)

AEO Submits Comments to the Department of Treasury on the Implementation of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (April 8, 2013)

Appropriations Update - FY2013 Work Complete (March 21, 2013)

Senate Passes Continuing Resolution (CR) to Fund Government through end of Fiscal Year (March 20, 2013)

Senate Introduces Six-Month Spending Bill, Work To Begin Immediately (March 12, 2013)

House Passes FY2013 Funding Bill; Future in the Senate Uncertain (March 6, 2013)

House Appropriations Committee Introduces Bill to Fund the Government through September 30, 2013 (March 5, 2013)

AEO sends SBA Administrator Karen Mills Letter Regarding Sequestration, Cuts to Critical Programs (March 5, 2013)

The Day That Was Never Supposed to Happen: Sequestration and What You Need to Know (March 1, 2013)

AEO Submits Testimony to the House Small Business Committee on the State of the Small Business Economy (February 22, 2013)

AEO's Reaction to the President's State of the Union Address (February 13, 2013)

SBA Departures a Loss for AEO (February 10, 2013)

CDFI Fund Releases CDFI Bond Guarantee Interim Rule. AEO Suggestions Incorporated into Much-Anticipated Announcement (February 5, 2013)

SBA Launches New Healthcare Resources Page for Small Businesses (January 28, 2013)

Chair Landrieu Welcomes Small Business Committee Members to the 113th Congress (January 25, 2013)

The Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced streamlined rules for entrepreneurs and small businesses eligible to claim the home office tax deduction. (January 16, 2013)

AEO Comments on the Fiscal Cliff Agreement (January 4, 2013)

2012: Policy Year in Review (December 7, 2012)


2012 Policy Updates

2011 Policy Updates

2010 Policy Updates


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