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Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010
Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Hearing
“Connecting Main Street to the World: Federal Efforts to Expand Small Business Internet Access”
Russell Senate Office Building, SR-428A
Witness Panel 1:
* Jonathan Adalstein
Rural Utilities Services
* Julius Genachowski
Federal Communications Commission
Monday, April 19, 2010,
House Small Business Committee - Subcommittee on Finance and Tax - Field Hearing
“Access to Capital for Small Businesses”
The field hearing will examine the current credit conditions for Florida small businesses. Witnesses will offer testimony on expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs...
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010House Science and Technology Committee - Subcommittee on Research & Science Education - MarkupNational Science Foundation programs10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRayburn House Office Building, Rm 2318[more info][audio] Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee - HearingHearings to examine reviewing the...
Almost everyone in Washington focused on the upcoming elections, which
means that there is a lot of hustle and bustle as members eye an October
return to their districts / states for some last-minute campaigning.
Here is a look at some relevant hearings for the week ahead.
A couple of bills intended to make it easier for startups and other companies to raise capital get the spotlight in the House this week. The Rule Committee has scheduled a hearing -- and live webcast – covering the 'Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act' (HR 2930) and 'Access to Capital for Job Creators Act' (HR 2940). Both tweak rules for the Securities and Exchange Commission. HR 2930 would allow new firms to use crowdfunding to accept and pool donations of up to $1 million without having to register with the SEC. HR 2940 would remove the SEC ban that now prevents small companies from advertising to solicit investors.
While Washington, DC, has plenty going on during Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 14 – 20, Capitol Hill is fairly quiet during the week leading up to it. The House is in recess for the week—observing Election Day from their home districts—while Senate committees have a very light load of hearings.
Be sure to check back next week during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The recently convened 112th Congress slowly rolls into action while Washington continues to deal with the aftershocks of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.
While the original House and Senate calendars called for recess last week, members of the Senate remained in Washington to work on a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown. It passed a six-week bill by a 79-12 vote and also passed a one-week continuing resolution to give the House until October 4 to act. Members of the House address HR 2608 today (October 3) at 5:00 pm.
The House of Representatives returns to session while it is the Senate's turn for a one-week recess. The Ways & Means Committee takes a look at the barriers that US firms face tapping into the Chinese market, including: harmful "indigenous innovation" policies and failure to adequately protect intellectual property. Meanwhile, government procurement programs and the SBA's financing initiatives get a look from the Small Business Committee.
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