Baucus Nomination Will Lead to Committee Shake-Up

January 8, 2014

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, it appears that current Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will be nominated by President Barack Obama to become the next U.S. Ambassador to China, and the Senate will soon have a new committee chair early in 2014. The second-ranking Democrat on...


House Moves on Patent Litigation Reform Bill

December 4, 2013

On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the NSBA-opposed Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), a bipartisan bill recently introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R – Va.) and approved by the full House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 33-5 that seeks to address the...


JOBS Act Implementation Moves Forward

October 30, 2013

Last Wednesday, the SEC issued their long-awaited proposed rules on crowdfunding, pursuant to the JOBS Act which should make it much easier for small business to raise capital and get new ideas off the ground. Additionally, the JOBS Act was the subject of a Senate hearing today.


Small-Business Services Suffer Under Shutdown

October 9, 2013

The federal government is now in week two of a massive shutdown that is impacting small-business services while Democratic and Republican lawmakers remain far apart in terms of a compromise, even as a bigger problem--the debt ceiling deadline--is just around the corner.


NSBA President Weighs in on Government Shutdown

October 1, 2013

NSBA is joining millions of Americans in expressing disappointment over the government shutdown that began this morning and stands to hamper economic growth and optimism, read the official statement from NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken.


NSBA Files Comments on Regulation D Proposed Rules

September 25, 2013

Earlier this week, NSBA filed comments with the SEC critical of a new proposal regarding proposed amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156 which would impose high compliance costs small businesses trying to raise capital.


SBA, USPTO Still Lack Permanent Top Leadership

September 18, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) both are in the midst of changes in leadership, yet neither has been granted a formal nominee from the administration in many months.