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 – July 1, 2020

Policy News – July 1, 2020

The window for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) closed yesterday, June 30, 2020.  As of Monday evening, the program had about $134 billion in available liquidity remaining. To view the PPP approvals report through June 27,2020, click here.  the Department of Labor...

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Policy News – June 26, 2020

Policy News – June 26, 2020

As the June 30th deadline approaches for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Small Business Administration (SBA) reports that nearly $130 billion in unallocated liquidity remain in the program. To view the latest PPP approvals,...

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Policy News – June 19, 2020

Policy News – June 19, 2020

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Board rolled out the Main Street Lending Program, a $75 billion program that targets small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the economic downturn of COVID-19. The Program will operate through three facilities: the Main...

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Policy News – June 5, 2020

Policy News – June 5, 2020

Wednesday, the Senate passed H.R.7010 the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) of 2020. The provisions in the PPPFA are set to have a major impact on loan forgiveness. Among the key provisions, is a change in the threshold for the amount of PPP funds...

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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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