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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 – May 29, 2020

Policy News – May 29, 2020

Today, jobless claims for the week ending in May 23 were released. The report shows 2.1 million more Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits, falling from a total of 2.4 million applications the week before. Read the full report here. This afternoon, the House...

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Policy News – May 22, 2020

Policy News – May 22, 2020

Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application with instructions for completing the application. Notably, the new guidance introduces an alternative "payroll covered period," and defines a...

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Policy News – May 15, 2020

Policy News – May 15, 2020

This week House Democrats unveiled their version of the fourth economic stimulus package or "CARES 2." Legislators are expected to vote on the massive bill this Friday. Additionally, policymakers will also vote on two rules changes — one giving committees the...

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Policy News – May 6, 2020

Policy News – May 6, 2020

On Tuesday May 5th, 2020, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Ben Cardin (D-MD) are slated to push legislation that provides new transparency and oversight of the Paycheck...

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Policy News – April 29, 2020

Policy News – April 29, 2020

Democrats have started a list of priorities for the next Coronavirus relief bill. Among others, they are seeking more assistance for state and local governments, food assistance, and funding for vote-by-mail. In contrast, Senate Republicans are advocating the...

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Policy News – April 24, 2020

Policy News – April 24, 2020

The Federal Reserve Board announced that it will make monthly data regarding CARES Act funding publicly available. Specifically, the agency will release the following information regarding participating liquidity and lending facilities: Names and details of...

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