Advocacy

Microbusinesses, which are defined as businesses with one to five employees (including the owner), account for 91% of all businesses in the United States. 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 collaborate with State Microenterprise Associations, national policy coalition partners, local agencies and other industry stakeholders on our advocacy efforts.

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Recent News

February 20, 2018
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President’s Day Recess – Congress is out of session for the week, and will to Washington on Monday, February 26.

February 15, 2018
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SBA Nominations Hearing – Yesterday, the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee held a hearing on the nominations of David C. Tryon as Chief Counsel of the SBA Office of Advocacy, and Hannibal M. Ware as SBA Inspector General.

February 14, 2018
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February 13, 2018
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White House FY19 Budget Released – Yesterday, President Trump released his FY19 Budget Request. As a reminder, the President proposes, Congress appropriates.

February 12, 2018
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White House FY2019 Budget Request – Today, the White House is expected to send its FY2019 Budget Request to Congress. We will provide a breakdown once it is publicly released.

February 9, 2018
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Budget Watch: After missing the midnight deadline and a brief partial government shutdown, Congress passed a two-year budget agreement in the early hours of the morning.

February 8, 2018
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The Budget – Wait and See: The Senate is set to take up a bipartisan spending agreement this morning that would raises existing budget caps on defense and non-defense spending and suspend the debt ceiling until March 2019.

February 7, 2018
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All Eyes on the Senate – Yesterday, the House passed a continuing appropriations resolution (CR) to fund the government through March 23. Today, the Senate hopes to reach a similar budget deal.

February 5, 2018
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Short Week for Congress – Congress is scheduled to adjourn on Wednesday for the Democratic legislative retreat.