U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Testimony of Connie Evans on behalf of AEO regarding the Re-Authorization of the SBA’s Access to Capital Programs – April 3, 2019

AEO is leading the charge of championing microbusiness interests in the halls of government.

Representing 91% of all businesses, microbusinesses are vital to the health of the U.S. economy. AEO’s policy agenda focuses on the development of strong and effective microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and expanding their businesses.

On behalf of our members, we work closely with policymakers at the national level on Capitol Hill and in the Administration to ensure the availability of capital and technical assistance to entrepreneurs around the country. We also collaborate with state microenterprise associations, local agencies and other industry stakeholders on our advocacy efforts.

Click below to learn more about the tenets of our advocacy agenda. For an overview of AEO’s 25+ years of advocacy achievements, click here.

Why It’s Important

Staying informed about topics that impact microbusiness – directly and indirectly – is an essential part of contributing to their success. As the Voice of Microbusiness, it is our responsibility to ensure your voice is heard.

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Policy News – October 2, 2019

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Policy News – September 17, 2019

Today, the House Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “The Role of the SBA 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Development or Encouraging the Growth of Minority-Owned Small Businesses and Minority Entrepreneurship.”  Tomorrow, the House Committee...

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Policy News, August 13, 2019

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