SBA Publishes New Small Biz Size Standards

February 9, 2012

On Feb. 10, 2012, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a final rule to change their official size standards. The new rule will increase the revenue-based size standards for more than 37 receipts-based size standards in 34 industries and 3 sub-industries in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)....


House Members Introduce Contract Bundling Bill

February 9, 2012

On Feb. 8, 2012, Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) introduced the Contractor Opportunity Protection (COP) Act of 2012 (H.R. 4081), which seeks to, among other things: ·         Clarify statutory limits on federal agency bundling, ·         Create a third party arbiter (either the SBA or a third...


House Introduces Federal Contracting Bills

February 1, 2012

Yesterday, House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves introduced two pieces of legislation that will help to bolster federal contracting opportunities and advocacy efforts for small businesses within the federal agencies. On the subject of federal contracting, Chairman Graves introduced the Government Efficiency through Small Business Contracting Act of 2012...


NSBA Report Shows Small Business Climate Improving

January 31, 2012

Contact: Molly Brogan 202-552-2904 Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today released its 2011 Year-End Economic Report  which shows a decidedly more positive outlook for America’s small businesses, with important gains in several key indicators. Most notably, more small-business owners report being confident about the future of their...


House Passes Three Small Biz Capital Access Bills

November 8, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills Nov. 2 with strong bipartisan support that would substantially reduce the regulatory impediments to small businesses raising capital. The Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011 (H.R. 1070) passed the House by a margin of 421-1. The bill would effectively amend Regulation A by...


SBA Final Rule to Address Contract Bundling

November 1, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a final rule implementing various regulatory changes made by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The rule is effective on Nov. 28, 2011, unless the agency receives “significant adverse comment” by Nov. 14, in which case it will publish a withdrawal of the...


Jobs Council Unveils Recommendations

October 13, 2011

The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to make formal recommendations to President Barack Obama. Included in their 52-page report, “Taking Action, Building Confidence” were recommendations ranging from infrastructure spending to tax cuts, and immigration reform to foreign direct investment in the U.S. The recommendations...


SBA Budget Approved by Appropriations Committee

September 20, 2011

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations recently approved legislation appropriating $955.3 million for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The amount is only three percent less than the $985 million budget request of President Barack Obama. If approved by the full Senate, this would grant the SBA...


NSBA Testifies On Medium-Sized Contracting Bill

September 13, 2011

The National Small Business Association testified this week before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, cautioning against proposed legislation that would create a contracting pilot program for medium-sized businesses. The hearing, “Beyond the Size Standards: Sustainability of Small Business Graduates”is focused on the Small Business Growth Act (H.R. 1812), introduced by...


Fed Weakens Final Swipe-Fee Rule

July 6, 2011

Bowing to an intense advocacy campaign by the banking lobby, the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) adopted June 28 a final swipe-fee reform rule that significantly varied from its proposed rule and represented a windfall for big banks. The Fed was required to implement a rule...