H.R. 3738: Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009

H.R. 3738

Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009

November 17, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3738, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  H.R. 3738 was introduced on October 7, 2009, by Rep. Glenn Nye (D-VA).  The bill was incorporated into H.R. 3854, which passed the House on October 29, 2009, by a vote of 389-32.


Bill Summary

The bill establishes a new Small Business Administration (SBA) grant program for venture capital funds to invest in early-stage small businesses in targeted industries.  Targeted industries include manufacturing, energy, agriculture, IT, digital media, and defense.  H.R. 3738 authorizes $200 million for the first full fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment.  Grants could not exceed $100 million for any company.  A grant made to a participating investment company may not be in an amount that exceeds the amount of the company's non-federal capital.



The SBA, created in 1953, has a loan portfolio of about 220,000 loans worth over $50 billion. The SBA operates several financing programs that offer subsidies to small businesses attempting to secure access to capital.


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