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 – September 22, 2020

Policy News – September 22, 2020

It's National Small Business Week! The Small Business Administration will hold a virtual conference on recovery, adaptation, and innovation this week to celebrate the nation's 30 million small businesses. Yesterday, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza is set to announce...

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Policy News – September 16, 2020

Policy News – September 16, 2020

This month, the chamber is scheduled to vote on several key bills that include decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level and boosting clean energy development, among others. Last week, the Senate GOP's $650 billion "skinny" recovery bill was shot down in a...

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Policy News – September 9, 2020

Policy News – September 9, 2020

The Senate is back in Washington this week, carrying the hope of reaching an agreement on another coronavirus stimulus deal, dubbed the "skinny" package. The bill would include an extension of PPP and more enhanced unemployment money for schools and daycare. Other...

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Policy News – August 18, 2020

Policy News – August 18, 2020

On Saturday, August 22, the House vote on Democrat sponsored legislation will be take place. The legislation will provide additional funding to the U.S. Postal Service. This legislation is expected to include $25 billion in funding and block operational changes that...

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Policy News – August 6, 2020

Policy News – August 6, 2020

Reminder! The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. On Tuesday morning, Visa released a Back to Business study to explore the impacts of COVID-19 and help provide solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurs and...

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Policy News – July 29, 2020

Policy News – July 29, 2020

On Monday, Capitol Hill said goodbye to the Honorable John Lewis (D-Ga.). The late Congressman was lain in state under the Capitol Rotunda — the first Black member with that honor — as hundreds of his colleagues paid respects. On the small business front, Senator...

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