STEM Visa Measures Introduced

September 18, 2012

Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) have both introduced legislation to increase allowable STEM visas to help address the shortfall of high-skilled workers, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is expected to do so shortly. Also in the mix is the NSBA-supported Startup Act 2.0 which addresses immigration and much more.


Senate Takes up Cybersecurity Legislation

August 1, 2012

The Senate this week is taking up cyber security legislation to institute voluntary standards for the most critical infrastructure systems (e.g. electric grids, banking systems, etc.) to enhance security requirements.


Update on SBIR/STTR Proposed Regulations

July 24, 2012

NSBA and SBTC recently gathered more than 500 signatures from small-business owners and organizations urging changes to the proposed SBIR/STTR regulations that would open the program to large and foreign corporations.


NSBA Call to Action: Support SBIR Program

July 11, 2012

NSBA and its high-tech arm, the Small Business Technology Council, is urging small businesses to support the Small Business Innovation and Research program by joining us in opposing regulations proposed by SBA which would create massive loopholes opening the program to foreign and large corporations.


Start-ups Converge on Washington, D.C.

June 20, 2012

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, representatives from 18 start-up companies will converge on Washington, D.C. to discuss a variety of issues important to the start-up community, including, but not limited to, the NSBA-supported Startup Act 2.0 (#StartupAct). Startup Act 2.0 is a bill introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran...


NSBA , SBTC Champions of Small Biz Innovation

February 9, 2012

Last week, the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) and National Small Business Association (NSBA) honored Members of Congress, congressional staffers, small-business owners and employees and other key advocates for their work in ensuring the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was given a long-term reauthorization. The awards, the Champions of...


SBIR Reauthorization Update

December 7, 2011

Last week the U.S. Senate voted to include compromise language to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867). The full bill was approved by the Senate 93:7 and now must be...


SBIR Reauthorization Moves Ahead

November 30, 2011

Last night, the U.S. Senate approved by voice vote an amendment (S.A. 1115) to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867) that would incorporate the Senate’s compromise language to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for eight years. Assuming the...


Extension to Budgets, SBIR for Six Weeks Likely

September 21, 2011

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate this week are expected to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would extend appropriations for the federal government for the first six weeks of the new Fiscal Year, which begins Oct. 1, 2011. At the end of the current legislative week,...