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 – April 15, 2021

Policy News – April 15, 2021

Bills of Interest Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) introduced a bill to establish the Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy and strategic national manufacturing policy for the United States, to provide manufacturing and industrial perspective and advice...

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Policy News – April 8, 2021

Policy News – April 8, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal tomorrow, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as...

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Policy News – March 25, 2021

Policy News – March 25, 2021

Today at 2:30PM ET, the Committee on Small Business will hold a virtual hearing on the oversight of SBA’s COVID-19 relief programs which have collectively provided more than $900 billion in aid. Among others, programs covered in the hearing will include: Economic...

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Policy News – March 18, 2021

Policy News – March 18, 2021

Yesterday, House Republicans are expected to discuss and may vote lifting the ban on earmarks. This vote follows a robust discussion held last week on the issue. Yesterday The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Summer Data Challenge competition, created for scholars...

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Policy News – March 11, 2021

Policy News – March 11, 2021

Yesterday, The House took a final vote on the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, where it was passed. After the bill is signed by President Biden, this will bring United States Coronavirus response funding to a total of $5.5 trillion. This fact sheet was released by...

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Policy News – March 4, 2021

Policy News – March 4, 2021

Debate continues on the American Rescue Plan, with Senate Democrats largely ready to pass the measure. A "vote-a-rama" is expected to occur Thursday evening, with Senate Republicans set to flood the chamber with unlimited amendments, which could reshape some of the...

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