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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 – January 23, 2020

The Department of Labor is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) with a campaign titled "Protecting the American Workforce." Read the full news release here.   In the Senate, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will hold...

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Policy News – January 16, 2020

the House Small Business committee will hold a hearing on, “Enhancing Patent Diversity for America’s Innovators.” On the Small business front, the Small Business Administration released a news release on the SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and her pledges to create...

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Policy News – January 10, 2020

U.S. trade officials will hear testimony from tech, apparel, wine and other industries on the Trump administration's proposed retaliatory tariffs, which could include 100 percent tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French products. This action is a response to France's...

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Policy News – December 4, 2019

On December 10, the House Committee on Small Business will meet on the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504/CDC Loan Program. The hearing will offer Members of the Subcommittee the opportunity to hear directly from program participants....

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Policy News – November 20, 2019

The Small Business Administration has issued a direct final rule that will allow governors to petition the SBA’s Administrator to designate HUBZone status to certain rural areas. Tomorrow, the House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing titled “An...

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Policy News – November 13, 2019

With just 9 days until the November 21st government funding deadline, top lawmakers are attempting to cobble together a short-term fix to keep the government open for a few more weeks. Due to the mass focus on impeachment, reaching a funding agreement has been a...

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