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

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 – September 11, 2019

The Senate has until the September 30th deadline to pass funding bills and avoid a government shutdown. Negotiations may be dragged out as Senate Republicans want to increase funding for the border wall by $12 billion, a proposal that is unpalatable to Senate...

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Policy News, August 13, 2019

SBA Reauthorization Highlights Last month, Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the Chairman's mark to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019 (the "SBA...

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Policy News, July 24, 2019

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will meet to mark up a bill to reauthorize the Small Business Administration, the most significant hearing on Capitol Hill today. The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing titled “Budget and...

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Policy News, July 16, 2019

Today, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing titled, “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations.” The Higher Education and Workforce Investment subcommittee will hold a hearing titled...

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Policy News, July 9, 2019

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing titled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy” and the subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets will hold a hearing titled, “Building a Sustainable and Competitive...

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