Advocacy

 

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 – November 18, 2020

Policy News – November 18, 2020

The Payment Protection Program (PPP) provided coronavirus relief for small businesses through government loans. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 300 PPP recipients that accepted up to $500 billion in cash have filed for bankruptcy. This data comes as the...

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Policy News – November 12, 2020

Policy News – November 12, 2020

With government funding set to expire on December 11th, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have said they do not want a shutdown and are working together to pass an omnibus spending bill. Senate appropriators are set to release their text of the bills today for...

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Policy News – November 4, 2020

Policy News – November 4, 2020

Well into Wednesday morning, the Presidential and key Senate races remain undecided, and margins in some states will be unbearably small. Recounts should be expected in several states. Nothing from Election Day suggests that impactful violations of election law have...

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Policy News – October 28, 2020

Policy News – October 28, 2020

Last Sunday evening, the Senate held a special session to end debate on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The chamber has confirmed Judge Barrett to the bench , finalizing a majority republican court before the election. With just seven days...

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Policy News – October 21, 2020

Policy News – October 21, 2020

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell stated Saturday that the Senate is scheduled to vote on a $500 billion covid relief bill on Wednesday, after voting on a standalone piece for additional PPP funds today. The coronavirus would provide funds to expand unemployment benefits,...

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Policy News – October 8, 2020

Policy News – October 8, 2020

President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and other Administration officials are grappling with a coronavirus outbreak in the White House. The president has been hospitalized since last Friday evening. Over the weekend, President Trump's medical team mentioned...

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