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Policy News, July 16, 2019

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...

Policy News, July 9, 2019

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...

Policy News, July 2, 2019

Policy News, July 2, 2019

Last week, two bills were introduced in the House to allow cannabis-related legitimate business and service providers to benefit from Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) introduced HR 3543 to ensure that certain entrepreneurial...

Policy News, June 25, 2019

Policy News, June 25, 2019

The Small Business Administration has proposed a rule amending and updating regulations for the 7(a) Loan Program. This proposed rule will implement the Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018 and update the SBA’s regulations pertaining to supervision...

Policy News, June 18, 2019

Policy News, June 18, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will appear before two committees this week. Today, he will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on Trump’s trade policy and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement at 10:15 AM. A livestream of the hearing can be...

Policy News, June 11, 2019

Policy News, June 11, 2019

On June 18th, the Senate Armed Services Committee hopes to bring the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) to the floor. This bill will provide $750 billion in funding for national defense. A full executive summary of the bill can...

Policy – June 4, 2019

Policy – June 4, 2019

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously sided with workers in a case eliminating ways for employers to limit procedural defenses in discrimination claims raised by employees. In Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis the Supreme Court stated, "the requirement to file...

Policy News, May 28, 2019

Policy News, May 28, 2019

Last week, the Department of Labor agreed to close nine Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers at the request of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. These are a subset of Job Corp Centers meant to train youth with educational and vocational skills in the conservation...

Policy News, May 21, 2019

Policy News, May 21, 2019

On Friday, House lawmakers passed the Equality Act (H.R. 5) which would extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ individuals in employment and other areas, President Trump announced a deal reached with Canada and Mexico to lift steel and aluminum tariffs, to...

“Why I Went to the Senate”

“Why I Went to the Senate”

This week is National Small Business Week, a time when we recognize the small (and micro) businesses that make up the fabric of our country. While it’s certainly important to specifically celebrate them, every single day should be a celebration of small businesses...

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Industry News, July 16, 2019

Small Business Tax Credit Floated for $15 Minimum Wage Bill Some express concern that the bill is too burdensome for rural communities and small businesses. To address those concerns, Rep. Terri Sewell, (D-AL) has proposed a tax credit for small businesses to help...

Industry News, July 9, 2019

Amazon's Impending Invasion of Banking Fears of an Amazon "invasion" in financial services have reached a fever pitch—but do Amazon and other big tech companies really have that much of an advantage coming into the banking market? Source: Forbes     ‘Speak...

Industry News, July 2, 2019

The Secret To Vital Farming Cities? Money, Say Leaders in Tech and Agriculture Bringing new entrepreneurs to farming areas in need is critical for growth. The key is making these agricultural hotspots into places that people want to live, while keeping them...

Industry News, June 25, 2019

Credit Unions Find Friendly Ground With FinTech Firms For all the disruption that fintech firms have brought to financial services, they aren’t an adversarial force for credit unions. Rather, they are potential partners in filling the gaps in the service offerings....

DreamSpring Announced as New Name

Accion Serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas will become DreamSpringSM   Albuquerque, NM (June 17, 2019) – A name change from Accion to DreamSpringSMis in the works for a highly respected and award-winning, non-profit organization that has helped...

Industry News, June 18, 2019

Variable Rate Loans Become More Attractive For Small Businesses As Fed Mulls Rate Cut Companies in search of capital have many attractive options right now. If they are ready for startup or expansion funding, now is as good a time as ever. Source: Forbes Exclusive –...

Industry News, June 11, 2019

  SBA Promotes Credit Union SMB Lending When it comes to small business (SMB) lending, the top two contenders for business owners are banks and alternative financiers or online marketplaces. The U.S. government wants to change that. Source: PYMNTS.com   A...

Industry News, June 4, 2019

PayPal's Latest Milestone: $10 Billion In Small Business Loans The $10 billion mark comes a little more than five years after PayPal made its first loan. Today it has issued more than 650,000 loans through financing programs in the U.S., UK, Australia, Germany, and...

Industry News, May 28, 2019

Call for Proposals: Maker Cities Grant Initiative Is Now Open Powered by the Etsy Impact Fund and Mastercard Impact Fund, and supported by Recast City, the 2019 Maker Cities program will provide grants up to $40,000 to five nonprofits to invest in an economic...

Small Business Month: Prism Group

AEO is rounding out the last week of Small Business Month with a “small business blitz,” featuring a powerful lineup of small and microbusinesses that work with us. Today you’ll hear from Prism Group, a bipartisan integrated government affairs and strategic...