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 – 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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Policy News – July 22, 2020

Policy News – July 22, 2020

Last Friday, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled, "Oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury Pandemic Programs" to hear from Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury (Treasury), and Jovita Carranza, the...

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Policy News – July 15, 2020

Policy News – July 15, 2020

The House Committee on Financial Services held a virtual hearing titled, "Access Denied: Challenges for Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses Accessing Capital and Financial Services During the Pandemic." Key witnesses include Ron Busby Sr., President and CEO of the...

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Policy News – July 8, 2020

Policy News – July 8, 2020

Last week, the Congress passed legislation to extend the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application period through August 8, 2020. The extension measure was signed into law by the president over the weekend. To date, the...

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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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