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Policy News – December 4, 2019

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....

Policy News – November 20, 2019

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...

Policy News – November 13, 2019

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...

Policy News – November 6, 2019

Policy News – November 6, 2019

Yesterday, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) held a press call urging the Senate to take up election security measures. This week both Chambers of Congress and the Trump Administration continues to work toward securing a bipartisan...

Policy News – October 30, 2019

Policy News – October 30, 2019

On Monday, the House passed 5 financial services bills that will protect investors and help startups finance their operations, as well as require the Consumer Bureau to conduct research on the challenges of unbanked and underbanked consumers, close loopholes in and...

Policy News – October 22, 2019

Policy News – October 22, 2019

It has been a big week for small businesses, as the House passed four bills that will improve programs within the Small Business Administration. H.R. 4405 – Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act of 2019, legislation that will modernize and improve the Women’s...

Policy News – October 16, 2019

Policy News – October 16, 2019

As talks over the USMCA trade deal are still underway, the National Association of Manufacturers and 350 other business groups and companies are sending every member of Congress a letter urging them to approve the deal. House Democrats will continue to negotiate trade...

Policy News – October 9, 2019

Policy News – October 9, 2019

On Monday, the House and Senate began a 2-week recess. Business will resume on October 15th. New business will include: Bills of Interest Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-6) introduced H.R.4569 a bill to reauthorize the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business...

Policy News – October 2, 2019

Policy News – October 2, 2019

On Monday, the House and Senate began a 2-week recess, with the exception of limited committee proceedings. Business will resume on October 15th.   Committee Proceedings Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Tomorrow, the committee will hold...

Policy News – September 17, 2019

Policy News – September 17, 2019

Today, the House Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “The Role of the SBA 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Development or Encouraging the Growth of Minority-Owned Small Businesses and Minority Entrepreneurship.”  Tomorrow, the House Committee...

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Industry News – December 4, 2019

As the CDFI Fund Approaches 25 Years, Policymakers May Need to Rethink CDFI Regulations Mission-driven organizations are too frequently tied down by regulations that don’t fit their risk profile. Despite the fact that CDFIs had no substantial role in the latest...

Industry News – November 20, 2019

The House Tackles Recidivism in Rollsout of New Prison to Proprietorship Act the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee announced the release of the bipartisan Prison to Proprietorship Act, which mandates the SBA’s resource partners to provide...

Industry News – November 13, 2019

Tribal Lending Provides More Opportunities For America's Indigenous Peoples For some Native American tribes, online lending has become a critical part of their economic development efforts. Unlike the federal, state and local governments, which fund operations through...

Industry News – November 6, 2019

White House Releases Message on National Veterans Small Business Week This week, the Administration celebrates the success of America’s service members and acknowledges their contributions to our nation’s robust and roaring economy. Source: White House    ...

Industry News – October 30, 2019

Mastercard’s Approach to Small Business Owners (Who Happen to Be Women) How an entrepreneur goes about solving challenges varies, but data from Mercator Advisory Group and Mastercard highlights how, on average, there are differences between male and female owners in...

Industry News – October 23, 2019

A New Small Business Tech Ecosystem is Emerging Gone are the days Software Companies like Square, QuickBooks, and Shopify are moving into financial services—allowing small businesses to borrow and offer financing to customers. Source: Lend Academy    ...

Industry News – October 16, 2019

California Blazing A Trail on Banking Policy for Other States California recently became just the second state, and the first in 100 years, to legalize government-owned banking. The law authorizes municipalities to open their own banks. Those public banks could then...

Industry News – October 9, 2019

Two Black Firms Merge Into the Largest Minority and Woman-Owned Investment Firm Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC and The Williams Capital Group L.P. will merge to become Siebert Williams Shank & Co. LLC. The merged company will be headquartered in New York and...

Industry News – October 2, 2019

Save the Date: JPMorgan Chase to Launch the 2019 AdvancingCities Challenge This Month On October 21, 2019, JPMorgan Chase will open its next Request for Proposals (RFP) for its annual competition that aims to source and seed creative, collaborative and sustainable...

Industry News – September 25, 2019

Community Ownership: The Transformation Challenge Experts seek to help CDFIs find a balance between “affirmative remedies” that correct inequitable outcomes of social arrangements without altering the framework that supports them,” and “transformative remedies” which...