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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...

Policy News – September 11, 2019

Policy News – September 11, 2019

The Senate has until the September 30th deadline to pass funding bills and avoid a government shutdown. Negotiations may be dragged out as Senate Republicans want to increase funding for the border wall by $12 billion, a proposal that is unpalatable to Senate...

Policy News, August 13, 2019

Policy News, August 13, 2019

SBA Reauthorization Highlights Last month, Senator Marco Rubio, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the Chairman's mark to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019 (the "SBA...

Policy News, July 24, 2019

Policy News, July 24, 2019

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will meet to mark up a bill to reauthorize the Small Business Administration, the most significant hearing on Capitol Hill today. The House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing titled “Budget and...

Policy News, July 16, 2019

Policy News, July 16, 2019

Today, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing titled, “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations.” The Higher Education and Workforce Investment subcommittee will hold a hearing titled...

Policy News, July 9, 2019

Policy News, July 9, 2019

The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing titled, “Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy” and the subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets will hold a hearing titled, “Building a Sustainable and Competitive...

Policy News, July 2, 2019

Policy News, July 2, 2019

Last week, two bills were introduced in the House to allow cannabis-related legitimate business and service providers to benefit from Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) introduced HR 3543 to ensure that certain entrepreneurial...

Policy News, June 25, 2019

Policy News, June 25, 2019

The Small Business Administration has proposed a rule amending and updating regulations for the 7(a) Loan Program. This proposed rule will implement the Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act of 2018 and update the SBA’s regulations pertaining to supervision...

Policy News, June 18, 2019

Policy News, June 18, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will appear before two committees this week. Today, he will testify before the Senate Finance Committee on Trump’s trade policy and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement at 10:15 AM. A livestream of the hearing can be...

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Industry News – January 16, 2020

Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar Talk Black Economic Opportunity in Boston The Congressional Black Caucus made its first-ever visit to Massachusetts this weekend, with U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley bringing her colleagues together with city leaders to address solutions for...

Industry News – January 10, 2020

How 16 Initiatives Are Changing Urban Agriculture Through Tech and Innovation hundreds of entrepreneurs and organizations are using urban agriculture to not only address hunger and sustainability, but to alleviate poverty and drive social inclusion in urban centers....

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...