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Capitol Hill Connection Week of September 14

September 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
 
Tuesday, September 15. 2009
1:00 pm    Hearing
House [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of September 7

September 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Wednesday, September 9. 2009
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Advocacy Submits Comments in Support of December 2008 Final Rule Regulating Recycling of Hazardous Materials

August 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

            On August 13, Advocacy submitted comments supporting EPA’s December 2008 final rule, which would allow exclusion of certain hazardous materials from the hazardous waste requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  This regulatory relief has been sought by the small business community for over 20 years.  This issue was among the top [...]

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New Research Contracting Opportunity

August 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Additional Research Contracting Opportunity 
The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends on them.  Section 105 of Public Law 110-385 requires the Office of Advocacy to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of broadband speed and price on small businesses.  The study must also include [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of August 10

August 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Small Business Economic Issues in New [...]

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Small Business Input Needed To Help Determine Department Of Homeland Security’s Priorities

August 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

            The Department of Homeland Security needs small business leaders to help determine priorities for the next four years.  DHS is conducting a series of web-based, interactive dialogues around the following focus areas:

Smart and Tough Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Securing Our Borders
Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Disasters
Counterterrorism and Domestic Security Management
Homeland Security National Risk [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week Of August 3

August 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Monday, August 3, 2009
 3:00 pm    Hearing
Senate [...]

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An Uptick in the Downturn

July 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

            This week’s speaker at the National Economists’ Club luncheon, Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, gave an “Update on the Downturn,” and spoke about projections for improvement in the economy both nationally and regionally. 
The good news is that some of the actual numbers, although still negative—are turning [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week Of July 27

July 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Capitol Hill Connection Week of July 20

July 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
 Tuesday, July 21, 2009
 TBD        Hearing
House Financial [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of July 13

July 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Capitol Hill Connection Week of July 6

July 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.

 

 
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
 
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Capitol Hill Connection Week of June 29

June 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

The Capitol Hill Connection will resume when Congress returns from recess.

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Healthcare Reform Debate Heats Up In The House

June 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

            “Health Reform in the 21st Century: Proposals to Reform the Health System” was the title of a hearing held yesterday by the House Committee on Ways and Means.  The hearing opened with statements from Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) who clearly drew the battle lines around which the two [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of June 22

June 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
 
3:00 pm    Markup
Senate Health, Education, [...]

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A Debate on the Future of Health Care Reform

June 4th, 2009 · 4 Comments

 
 
Nothing seems more important to Congress right now than healthcare reform. Who better qualified to debate the issue than the previous administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Michael Leavitt, and the former Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle? At a National Press Club Newsmaker Program this week, the debate was suspiciously polite, bordering on outright cuddly, [...]

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Winslow Sargeant Nominated Next Chief Counsel for Advocacy

May 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From the White House press office:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
President Obama said, “I’m grateful that such experienced and dedicated individuals have joined my administration at a time when our nation faces great challenges. Their deep commitment to their individual areas of work gives me confidence that they will help us put America back [...]

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Small Business Week Reminds Us What We’re All About

May 22nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

            This week I was thrilled to attend SBA’s National Small Business Week here in Washington, DC, where entrepreneurs from all over the country gathered to be recognized as top small businesses from their state.  These winners attended a number of interesting forums, luncheons and other events designed to highlight the many small businesses in [...]

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Venture Capital and Green Technologies

April 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

            As the “Venture Capital (VC) guy” for the Office of Advocacy, I have been frequently asked whether venture capitalists are truly jumping into green technologies with both feet or are tentatively dipping a toe into the water.  The answer is more complicated than those questions suggest, but many VCs are going long and strong [...]

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Enabling Small Business Innovation

March 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

 
On Tuesday, I participated in a workshop sponsored by Intuit and Emergent Research, on the latest addition to their “Future of Small Business” series, Defining Small Business Innovation.  The report authors, Steve King and Carolyn Ockels of Emergent Research, define innovation more broadly than many policymakers and academics.  To them, more small businesses are innovators than [...]

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Balancing Work and Life: Self-Employment as a Child Care Alternative

February 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

On February 22, a review by Sara Sclaroff of Penelope Leach’s book, Child Care Today: Getting it Right for Everyone, appeared in the Outlook section of The Washington Post.  Sclaroff noted that balancing work and child care is something we haven’t quite figured out as a nation. Despite the new First Lady’s commendable first priority [...]

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One Idea for Building the Economy and Jobs through Green Building

February 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

The numbers we’ve seen recently reveal a small-business-dominated construction sector flat on its back. New housing starts for fourth quarter 2008 were down to just 550,000 units (on an annual basis) in December, just one-quarter of the 2005 level . And in January, housing starts sank to the lowest level since these numbers began to [...]

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Advocacy Roundtable Covers Lots of Ground

February 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Yesterday Advocacy hosted a roundtable on important tax issues.  Officials from the Internal Revenue Service made presentations on several topics, followed by Q&A from small business representatives. The topics discussed included the last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting method, the revised Form 990 (which tax-exempt organizations have to file), and the home office business deduction. A representative [...]

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Landscape Quickly Shifts For Small Business In Washington

December 16th, 2008 · Comments Off

            A recent article in the Washington Post details how trade associations and membership organizations are feeling the effects of the recession as their members earn less or even go out of businesses.  The Post reports: 

Reflecting the economic turmoil of the industries they represent, many national trade associations based in Washington are hemorrhaging members who [...]

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Financial Stability vs. Budget Deficits

November 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Chad Moutray, Advocacy’s chief economist, and Jules Lichtenstein, senior economist, attended the National Economists Club luncheon on Nov. 6th in Washington D.C., featuring Stan Collender. Collender gave a post-election talk titled “The Morning After the Morning After: Outlook for the Budget,” and shared his views on the election.
Collender is managing director at Qorvis Communications in [...]

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Advocacy Listens To Small Business, Comments On Drug Testing

November 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has proposed the Alcohol- and Drug-Free Mines: Policy, Prohibitions, Testing, Training, and Assistance rule. [73 Fed. Reg. 52136 (September 8, 2008).]
 
Advocacy hosted a small business roundtable on October 30 to discuss the proposed rule and listen to the concerns of small mining operators.
 
Small business representatives were concerned that [...]

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Chief Economist Dr. Chad Moutray Interviewed On “Build Your Business”

October 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

            Last Monday, Advocacy’s Chief Economist Chad Moutray appeared on Barbara Weltman’s radio show, “Build Your Business.”  Here are the podcasts for Part I and Part II of the show from the October 20th program.
 
– John McDowell
 

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National Small Business Association Names Chief Counsel Sullivan A “2008 Small Business Star”

October 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

           The National Small Business Association (NSBA) recently named Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan one of ten “2008 Small Business Star.”
 
            In a statement, the NSBA said that the 2008 Stars are,
 
Ten of the most influential, small-business friendly members of Congress, their staff, members of the Administration and the media.  The awardees, who were [...]

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The State of Small Businesses in an Election Year

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

           
            Matt Bandyk of U.S. News and World Report recently interviewed Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan.  The interview, posted in the October 17 online edition, covers what Chief Counsel Sullivan sees as the major issues facing small business today.
 
            In answering the first question, Tom points to the cost of healthcare as the [...]

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