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...


Feds Just Shy of Small-Biz Contracting Goal

June 28, 2011

The U.S. government awarded 22.7 percent of federal contracting dollars to small businesses in Fiscal Year 2010 (Oct. 1, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010), according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) fifth annual small business procurement scorecard. While this represents the largest single year increase in more than five...


Small Business Week Recap

May 24, 2011

Last week, the nation celebrated National Small Business Week with a number of events and activities in Washington, D.C. hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and co-sponsored by NSBA and various other organizations. This year’s events provided various educational and networking opportunities, and took time to recognize small-business...


Get Involved for National Small Business Week

May 14, 2011

National Small Business Week only comes around once a year, and this year, NSBA is urging its members and small-businesses across the country to get connected and get involved. As a sponsor of National Small Business Week and various events throughout the week, NSBA understands how critically important it is...


Small Business Week and Washington Presentation

April 10, 2011

Mark your calendars for two upcoming events in Washington, D.C. that celebrate the spirit of America’s small businesses and connect small-business owners with key policymakers. On May 18 through 20, SBA—and NSBA as a sponsor of the event—will host a variety of events in honor of National Small Business Week....


Advocacy 2010 Report on Reg Flex Act

March 8, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) recently released its 2010 Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which highlights Advocacy’s efforts to compel federal agencies to comply with the RFA and Executive Order 13272, which strengthens the RFA. The RFA was designed to address the ever-growing...


SBA Issues Final 8(a) Rules

March 1, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently published a package of final rules updating and revising its 8(a) Business Development program. The new rules represent the first comprehensive overhaul of the program since June 1998. They become effective March 14, 2011. The rules are aimed at ensuring that the benefits...


Budget: SBA

February 16, 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) fared fairly well in President Barack Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal. SBA The administration proposed allocating $985 million to the SBA in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. In FY 2011, the agency received $993 million in core budget funding. The 2012 budget proposal still represents a...


Advocacy Releases 2009 Small Biz Economy Report

February 1, 2011

Late last week, the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) released their annual report, The Small Business Economy: A Report to the President, which reviewed the 2009 economic environment for small businesses. According to the report—and in-line with NSBA’s own economic reports, small businesses faced challenging economic conditions throughout...