WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) sent a letter to David Kautter, Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting more information about the IRS’s recent enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate.
While ACA exempted businesses with 50 or fewer employees from the employer mandate, businesses with 51 or more employees who work 30 or more hours a week were classified as applicable large employers and were made subject to inflation adjusted shared responsibility payments if they had not offered ACA qualified health insurance.
The ACA’s definition of large employers is out of line with the rest of the federal government and the Obama Administration failed to enforce this rule for years.
“While the IRS, like other federal agencies, is obligated to enforce the laws under its jurisdiction, this sudden change has caught and will catch many employers by surprise,” said Chairman Chabot. “After the Obama-era IRS failed to enforce the law for several years, these small businesses are now subject to random and abrupt collection of these payments by the IRS.”
The full letter to the IRS can be read HERE.
The House Committee on Small Business has heard testimony from numerous small business employees and owners about how Obamacare has cost jobs and opportunities in communities across the United States and needs to be repealed and replaced.Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law:
“Today is a great day for our nation’s military and our nation’s entrepreneurs and innovators. I applaud the President for signing this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that not only funds our military, but also is a win for America’s 29 million small businesses.”
Some small business-friendly provisions signed into law include:
Note: Chairman Chabot, upon the passage of the NDAA conference report, said, “Small businesses play a vital and indispensable role in providing for the common defense, and I thank both Chambers for recognizing their contribution to the safety of our homeland.”
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will meet for a field hearing titled, “Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gap: Addressing Barriers to Small Business Formation and Growth.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Room 209 of the Village of Deerfield Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL.This hearing will examine federal regulations that inhibit entrepreneurs and provide Subcommittee Members an opportunity to learn about the current barriers to entrepreneurship. It will also examine potential solutions to these challenges and methods utilized by entrepreneurs to achieve prosperity, such as capitalizing on emerging industries and fostering innovation.
WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) wrote an op-ed with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Small Business Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for The Hill on how Congress should do more when considering how regulations affect small businesses:
Every day, millions of American small business owners and their employees work hard to develop products, provide services, and create jobs that grow our economy. They are mom-and-pop stores, restaurants, tech startups, family farms, manufacturers, and distributors—they are our nation’s entrepreneurs. They are hardworking Americans. And they continue to work hard, even while navigating a tangled web of complex and costly regulations.
We are encouraged by the Administration’s efforts to ease this burden, including an Executive Order requiring the cost of any one new regulation to be offset by the removal of at least two existing regulations. However, it is Congress, and not the Executive Branch, that has the opportunity—and the obligation—to provide real, meaningful, and permanent regulatory relief for small businesses. They certainly don’t need or want another do-nothing bill or press release that pays lip service without delivering actual change. They need regulatory reform—reform which ensures regulators in future administrations actually listen to and take seriously the concerns of America’s small businesses.
Some of us in Congress are listening. During a House Small Business Committee hearing in September, one witness, Philip Howard, who testified on behalf of Common Good, a non-partisan coalition that focuses on simplifying government, told the Committee about one specific regulation bogging down small businesses: “Worker safety. For example, we literally have thousands of rules telling people helpful things like stairwell shall be lit by artificial or natural light. How else can they be lit?” Howard concluded, “These things have almost nothing to do with what makes the workplace safe.”
Small businesses need real regulatory reform like H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which passed the House as part of a larger regulatory reform package on January 11, 2017, and the Senate companion, S. 584, which passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 17, 2017.
That is why our Senate Democrat colleagues need to put aside their partisanship and support this bill.
Read the full article from The Hill HERE.Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot made the following statement regarding H.R. 477, the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017.
“As Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, I frequently hear how regulations are preventing growth and expansion. The bill before us today addresses one of the many regulatory hurdles that stand in the way of small business development,” said Chairman Chabot.
Chabot continued, “This should be a time of expansion and increased opportunities, not costs and bureaucratic red tape. Let’s continue to work together on behalf of the small businesses so that they can continue to grow today and create the jobs of tomorrow.”Click HERE to watch Chairman Chabot’s floor speech and HERE to read the full bill.
A decade ago, Ohio was considered a fly-over state. But today, the state is gaining ground on big startup regions. Cincinnati in particular has seen a number of changes in the past few years, including more capital, mentors, incubators and accelerators ready to guide the next generation of innovators.
With a goal of pitching ideas to investors during a demo day – think “Shark Tank” – accelerators put entrepreneurs through a fixed-term, group-based program that focuses on mentorships.
Though the accelerator model is not new, women and minorities still only make up a small share of accelerator participants. Fortunately, minority and women-focused accelerators have increasingly opened their doors over the last few years, many of which are right here in Cincinnati.
The Hillman Accelerator was launched this year by former Cincinnati Bengals star Dhani Jones, Candice Matthews and Ebow Vroom with the intent of increasing diversity in tech startups, particularly among minority and women entrepreneurs.
On July 10, 2017, Hillman welcomed its pilot cohort for a four-month program for tech companies led by underrepresented – African-American, Hispanic, Asian and/or woman – founders. Hillman invested $100,000 per founding team and delivered invaluable services such as business modeling, fundraising leadership, strategy development and legal consultations that helped position the teams for growth.
According to the Minority Entrepreneur Connectivity Assessment, a study released earlier this year by Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group, ethnic minority firms make up only 3 to 4 percent of the total clients served by state-supported pre-seed funds in Ohio.
On May 3, the House Committee on Small Business heard from entrepreneurs who are using their resources and knowledge to help other entrepreneurs succeed.
One witness, Ms. Carolyn Rodz, founder and CEO of Circular Board in Houston, told the committee, “If women and men participated equally in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the United States’ GDP could rise by $30 billion. Yet in spite of this, less than 5 percent of venture capital goes to female founders, and when we start to look at minorities, the numbers are significantly lower.”
Hillman is tearing down these walls as it seeks to empower underrepresented communities in tech by investing in their ideas, developing their talent and creating a runway for their future.
In their first 12 weeks, Hillman’s pilot cohort created 11 new full-time jobs and four part-time jobs, helped a company secure a paid contract with a large hospital system, engaged business and community mentors throughout the region for more than 400 volunteer hours and attracted over $2 million in venture capital from outside the state of Ohio.
As the Small Business Committee continues to fight for small businesses, accelerators like Hillman will make Ohio a leader in technology and innovation for entrepreneurs.Read More
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry.” The hearing will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The trucking industry plays a critical role in the United States economy. America’s businesses rely on the trucking industry to transport and deliver all types of goods and products. Many trucking companies can be as small as a one-person business and are subject to many of the same federal requirements as large trucking companies, including transportation safety regulations, environmental regulations, worker safety regulations, and labor regulations. Industries that rely on the trucking industry or use trucking as part of their business model can also be subject to many of the same regulations. This hearing will examine how federal regulations affect the small trucking industry and explore ways to provide regulatory relief to the industry.Attachments
WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement following the appointment of Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) to the Committee:
“From serving the city of Provo, Utah, to building a multi-million dollar business, Rep. Curtis will make a great addition to the our committee, bringing his experience as a small business owner to help our nation’s small companies. We look forward to working with him.”
After being named to the Committee, Curtis said, “Serving on the House Small Business Committee is a tremendous opportunity for me to serve the people of the 3rd Congressional District and I'm ready to get to work for them. Utahn's know that our small businesses - including our startups and our small business manufacturers - are the backbone of our economy.”
John R. Curtis proudly represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District in the United States Congress. In addition to serving on the House Committee on Small Business, he will also be serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to examine how federal regulations affect the small trucking industry and explore ways to provide regulatory relief to them.
“With many regulations taking a one-size-fits-all approach, small trucking companies are forced to comply with expensive, confusing, and time-consuming regulations. This is not only costing small businesses, but America’s economy as a whole, through lost time and delays in receiving all types of goods and products,” said Chairman Chabot (R-OH).
One-Size-Fits-All Regulations Don’t Work for the Trucking Industry
Small trucking companies are subject to many of the same federal requirements as large trucking companies, and the regulations tend to take a one-size-fits-all approach. Industries that rely on the trucking industry or use trucking as part of their business model can also be subject to many of the same burdensome regulations.
“Frequently, regulations promoted by these large fleets are disingenuously billed as silver bullet solutions to enhancing highway safety, despite a distinct lack of reputable evidence to support their claims. In reality, they are economic weapons used to squeeze smaller competitors out of the trucking industry by increasing their operating costs. Continuance of the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach has left the federal government complicit,” said Monte Wiederhold, President of B. L. Reever Transport, Inc. in Maumee, OH.
“Small business trucking bears a heavy load of rules, regulations, and red tape that are counterproductive to their stated intentions. These regulations, such as the inflexible HOS [Hours of Service] rules, the CSA [Compliance Safety Accountability] program, and the ELD [Electronic Logging Device] mandate add costs, time, and attention, as well as sap small firms’ resources unnecessarily. Instead of making the road safer, these rules and government mandates make both truckers and the driving public less safe,” said Marty DiGiacomo, Owner of True Blue Transportation in Harrisburg, NC.
“Our major concern with the current regulatory structure is that small industry stakeholders are continually swept into these ‘one size fits all’ transportation regulations that are best suited for large commercial companies,” said Stephen Pelkey, Chief Executive Officer of Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc. in Jaffrey, NH. “There are often many ways to achieve the same goals, and if small businesses are to survive, the DOT [Department of Transportation] regulatory agencies need to do a better job in recognizing the differences between small and big businesses, and that different approaches may be necessary.”
Chairman Chabot introduced H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, to ensure that federal agencies actually examine how their new regulations would impact small businesses and require them to consider ways to reduce unnecessary costs and burdens. The bill was included in a larger bill, H.R. 5 – the Regulatory Accountability Act – which passed the House with a bipartisan vote in January.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement following the House passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“As Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, I want to ensure the tax code works for our nation’s job creators, not against them. H.R. 1 will reduce taxes for small businesses from a top rate of almost 40 percent down to 25 percent, and includes an additional, lower tax rate of 9 percent for the smallest of small businesses. Additionally, it will create tens of thousands of jobs for the people of Ohio and across the country and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.”
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Federal Government and Small Businesses: Promoting Greater Information Sharing for Stronger Cybersecurity.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Small businesses are prime targets for cyber attackers and the threat continues to grow. Unfortunately, small business owners face an uphill battle in protecting themselves from bad actors because they often lack the resources required to employ the best defenses. As the federal government and private sector continue to take steps to strengthen small business cybersecurity, the lack of information sharing between federal and private partners poses a major hurdle to effectively combatting cyber attacks. The hearing will examine how federal agencies can encourage greater information sharing with small businesses and provide timely assistance and resources when a cyber attack on a small business occurs. Additionally, the hearing will examine the policies that discourage small businesses from engaging with federal agencies for cybersecurity assistance.Attachments
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to examine how federal agencies can encourage greater information sharing with small businesses and provide timely assistance and resources when a cyber attack on a small business occurs.
“This Committee has heard from experts, government officials, and small business owners on numerous occasions that cyber threats remain a top concern for America’s small business community. Information sharing is a fundamental component for a strong and effective cybersecurity defense, not just for small businesses but for America’s network as a whole. The federal government must make every effort possible to ensure that small businesses have both the resources and the confidence they need to actively engage with the federal agencies tasked with protecting our critical infrastructure,” said Chairman Chabot (R-OH).
Cyber Threats Remain a Top Concern for Small Businesses
While the federal government has made a serious effort to coordinate and distribute cyber security resources directly to small businesses, challenges still remain in ensuring that they are protected from cyber attacks.
“Small businesses are extremely resourceful. Having quality incident reporting and cyber intelligence flowing to the small business community lets us build solutions for ourselves. Our biggest challenge, in that regard, is collecting and aggregating data from a wide array of sources,” said Rob Arnold, CEO & Founder of Threat Sketch, LLC in Winston-Salem, NC.
“Recent ransomware attacks have been devastating with 1 in 5 companies forced to immediately shut down operations for three days and in some cases, more than two weeks, said Ola Sage, Founder and CEO of e-Management and Co-Founder and CEO of CyberRx in Silver Spring, MD. ”Solving this problem requires greater information sharing between the government and the SMB community to help companies better identify threats, protect their infrastructure, detect anomalies, respond to, and recover from significant cyber events.”
“In 2014, 71 percent of companies admitted they fell victim to a successful cyber-attack. Meanwhile, the amount of data online is expected to increase 50-fold by 2020, signaling accelerated tech innovation but also adding new attack vectors due to increased connectivity and a sweetening of the pot for potential cyber criminals. Cybersecurity risk management strategies must keep pace with this growing threat – a task that evolves as more online traffic and commerce is dedicated to the internet of things,” said Morgan Reed, President of ACT | The App Association in Washington, DC.
“We have to acknowledge the fact that for most small businesses, cybersecurity is an expense they don’t want to incur when they’re trying to simply make payroll and remain profitable,” said Thomas Gann, Chief Public Policy Officer of McAfee, LLC in Reston, VA. “This doesn’t mean that small businesses don’t need or can’t benefit from cyber threat intelligence; they certainly can. But perhaps we should focus our discussion more on sharing a different kind of information – information that is more informative and educational right away.”Read More
WASHINGTON—Today, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and the House Committee on Small Business held a bipartisan roundtable to hear from advanced small and mid-tier businesses and industry experts on the challenges to growth and success.
“After a small business has proven its success by growing out of its small size standard, it exists in a murky limbo – it is too large to benefit from small business set-asides, yet is too small to compete with billion dollar firms,” said Chairman Steve Chabot. “Our goal is to learn more about what is happening to advanced small—or mid-tier—businesses.”
The roundtable provided a forum for Members to learn about this middle market and the disparities from small to mid-tier business owners, academia, trade organizations, and subject-matter experts.Data on these mid-tier companies is minimal, but preliminary evidence shows these firms are limited to a few options: relegate themselves to subcontracting opportunities; sell the company to a larger firm; or try to compete in full and open markets.
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Hiring More Heroes: A Review of SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Committee will examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development’s (OVBD) efforts to transition our nation’s veterans from the battlefield to the small business realm. As the majority of veteran-owned businesses are small businesses, it is crucial that veterans have the tools and resources they need to get off the ground once they return home. The hearing will examine whether the OVBD is operating efficiently and effectively to serve our nation’s veterans.Attachments
Ms. Barbara Carson
Office of Veterans Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will meet for a hearing titled, “Investing in Small Businesses: The SBIC Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
This hearing will examine the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. As the Committee continues to explore the issue of access to capital, this hearing will provide Members the opportunity to hear directly from participants in the SBIC Program.Attachments
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations will meet for a hearing titled, “Operating or Rulemaking? A Review of SBA’s Opaque Standard Operating Procedures Process.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Subcommittee will examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) standard operating procedures process.Attachments
Mr. Joseph Loddo
Chief Operating Officer
United States Small Business Administration
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “Financing Through Fintech: Online Lending’s Role in Improving Small Business Capital Access.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing will provide the Subcommittee with an opportunity to examine recent trends in how small businesses obtain capital, the different business models in the industry, and how online lending fits into the overall lending landscape.Attachments
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will meet for a hearing titled, “GAO Audit Reveals Half-Measures Taken by Small Business Advocates.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing will review a comprehensive audit of the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO report examines compliance with select Small Business Act section 15(k) requirements by the OSDBU across 24 federal agencies.
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Small Business Capital Access: Supporting Community and Economic Development.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, October 20, 2017 in Studio C at The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139.
The hearing will look at capital access programs working to promote affordable lending products for small businesses, especially those in distressed areas.
The Subcommittees on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations and Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a joint hearing titled, “Oversight Improvements Needed: SBA OIG’s Review of the Microloan Program.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Subcommittees will examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Microloan Program. The hearing will focus on the SBA’s Office of Inspector General’s September 28, 2017 report entitled, “Audit of SBA’s Microloan Program.”
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
3. Hearing Memo
4. Opening Statements - Subcommittee Chairman Kelly
5. Opening Statement - Subcommittee Chairman Brat
Mr. Hannibal “Mike” Ware
Acting Inspector General
United States Small Business Administration
Mr. William Manger
Office of Capital Access
United States Small Business Administration