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Entries from October 2011

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 31, 2011

October 31st, 2011 · 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.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Entrepreneurs Lead in Green Innovation

October 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Entrepreneurs Lead in Green Innovation
Small businesses have more patents per employee than large companies.
Small businesses are home to innovation, and that is particularly true when it comes to green technologies. A report released last week at the World Green Energy Symposium in Philadelphia by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy found that while [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Advocacy Recommends that the SEC Should Publish an Amended IRFA for its Conflict Minerals Proposed Rule

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed a comment letter with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rule that would require SEC filers to provide certain disclosures about the use of specified conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Advocacy urged the SEC to publish in the Federal Register an [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Advocacy Submits Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (Recycling) Final Rule

October 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

On October 20, 2011, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (Advocacy) submitted a comment on the proposed revisions to the 2008 final rule regarding Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW). A copy of Advocacy’s comments can be found at http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/816.  Related comments were submitted to [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 24, 2011

October 24th, 2011 · 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.
THIS WEEK
The Senate is in recess [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Small Businesses Lead the Way in Green Technology Innovation

October 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

Small Businesses Lead the Way in Green Technology Innovation

Small Businesses Patent More and Have Important Patents Relative to Size
Washington, D.C. – infoZine – When it comes to green technology innovation, U.S. small business is leading the way according to a report released today by the SBA Office of Advocacy. The report titled Analysis of Small [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

How are credit conditions for small firms?

October 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

How are credit conditions for small firms?
Credit conditions are improving. In mid-2010, commercial banks began to ease the tight lending conditions on small businesses that had begun in early 2007. And credit has continued to flow, as loans under $1 million totaled $695 billion in FY 2009. Also, after declining over the past few years, [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions about Small Business Finance

October 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

Frequently Asked Questions about Small Business Finance is an eight-page pamphlet that illus­trates the financial ecosystem. The financial ecosystem is the full range of resources that firms access to survive and grow—from mom-and-pops, on the one hand, to high-tech startups, on the other. The Finance FAQ sketches this full range of debt, equity, and other [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

What is the survival rate for new firms?

October 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

What is the survival rate for new firms? 
Seven out of ten new employer firms last at least two years, and about half survive five years. More specifically, according to new Census data, 69 percent of new employer establishments born to new firms in 2000 survived at least two years, and 51 percent survived five or [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 17

October 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 17
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 [...]

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How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy?

October 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy?
Small firms:

Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
Employ just over half of all private sector employees.
Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.
Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).
Hire 40 [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Advocacy Urges EPA to Wait for Best Available Science Before Completing Final Toxicological Review of Hexavalent Chromium

October 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

 Advocacy Urges EPA to Wait for Best Available Science Before Completing Final Toxicological Review of Hexavalent Chromium  
On October 4, 2011, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discussing Advocacy’s views on EPA’s Draft Toxicological Review of Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI)) and the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Bank Liquidity Pressures and the Availability of Bank Credit to Small Firms: Was the 2007-2009 Credit Crisis Different?

October 13th, 2011 · Comments Off

Advocacy’s Office of Economic Research released the following report in September.
Bank Liquidity Pressures and the Availability of Bank Credit to Small Firms: Was the 2007-2009 Credit Crisis Different?, by Joe Peek of the University of Kentucky, finds that bank holdings of liquid assets became an important factor for bank lending during the finan­cial crisis. Generally, this [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Impact of Credit Unions on Small Business Lending

October 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Advocacy’s Office of Economic Research released the following report in September.
The Growing Impact of Credit Unions on Small Business Lending, authored by James Wilcox of the University of California–Berkeley, finds that credit unions may have provided some extra business lending in response to reductions by banks, even during the financial crisis.
The author chose to study credit [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics · State and Regional

Advocacy Comments on the Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment

October 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

On October 7, 2011 the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed public comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding its proposed rule for Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment.   

On July 22, 2011, DOE published the proposed rule seeking to change the definition of “vented hearth heater” to include vented gas log sets and to [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 11, 2011

October 11th, 2011 · 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.
THIS WEEK
Congress gets a late start [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 3, 2011

October 4th, 2011 · 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.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized