WI-05: Scott Fitzgerald (R)
House Watch
WI-05: Scott Fitzgerald (R)
2020-11-02 07:10:05
by TWN Staff

About Fitzgerald:  Scott Fitzgerald will fight liberal efforts in Congress to defund the police and ensure public safety programs are fully funded — providing families with the stability to live, work and raise a family. In Congress, Scott Fitzgerald will... Read More

NM-02: Yvette Herrell (R)
House Watch
NM-02: Yvette Herrell (R)
2020-10-30 23:54:37
by TWN Staff

About Harrell: Born and raised in New Mexico, Yvette Herrell served for four terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives, and is the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in New Mexico's 2nd District. She has owned and operated several... Read More

MO-02: Ann Wagner (R)
House Watch
MO-02: Ann Wagner (R)
2020-10-30 22:58:00
by TWN Staff

About Wagner: Ann Wagner has over 25 years of experience in the private sector, local grassroots organizations and public service. She grew up in south St. Louis County. She went to elementary school there, high school at Cor Jesu Academy... Read More

Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
Congress
Gottheimer and Philips Urge Congressional PPP Renewal
2020-10-30 16:01:29
by Sara Wilkerson

Earlier this week, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., discussed the continuously growing need to renew the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program for a second round and urged both Congress and the administration to continue bipartisan negotiations... Read More

GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
Senate Watch
GA Senate: Jon Ossoff (D)
2020-10-28 15:31:28
by TWN Staff

About Ossoff: Jon Ossoff is a Georgia native, media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner. Ossoff and his wife Alisha, an OB/GYN physician, both grew up in Atlanta. Since 2013, Ossoff has served as the CEO of Insight TWI,... Read More

In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
2020 Elections
In Final Push, Biden Builds Bridge to Business Community
2020-10-16 21:26:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With less than 20 days to go until Election Day 2020, the Biden campaign is engaging in a full-throttled effort to reach out to small business owners across the country. The goal is both to enlist them as... Read More

Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
Opinion Polls
Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
2020-10-13 17:41:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A national survey by the Small Business for America’s Future coalition found that roughly 8 in ten respondents identified something other than the Supreme Court nomination when asked about Congressional priorities. The survey, conducted from Oct. 2 through... Read More

Where Small Businesses Are Feeling the Most Pandemic Pain
Economy
Where Small Businesses Are Feeling the Most Pandemic Pain

In Austin, Texas, they’re expecting more closures. In New York, they’re struggling to pay the bills. In San Francisco, they worry that the old normal is never coming back. Small businesses are often described as the heart of the U.S.... Read More

Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals
Business
Senators Look to Break Deadlock With Small-Business Proposals

WASHINGTON — Sens. Marco Rubio and Susan Collins have introduced legislation to extend a popular small-business relief program past its Aug. 8 expiration date as talks between Republicans and Democrats on a larger relief package appear deadlocked. Florida’s Rubio and... Read More

Essential Businesses Detail Lessons Learned, Need for Liability Protections
Economy
Essential Businesses Detail Lessons Learned, Need for Liability Protections
2020-07-27 14:58:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - While many businesses across the country have shuttered doors and furloughed employees, some essential businesses, like those that provide health care, food, utilities, and other critical services, have continued to operate throughout the pandemic. They are now joined... Read More

Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
Economy
Restaurant Groups Renew Push for Coronavirus Relief Aid
2020-07-16 13:34:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A week before Congress turns its attention to the next coronavirus relief bill, advocates for the nation's restaurants are urging lawmakers to include a number of provisions to specifically bolster the struggling industry. “In just the past two... Read More

Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
Congress
Rep. Antonio Delgado Honored with Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprise Award
2020-07-06 14:11:02
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y, with its yearly Spirit of Enterprise Award for his support of business-friendly initiatives in the first session of the 116th Congress. The chamber has rated members of Congress... Read More

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
Congress
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
2020-07-02 13:47:31
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, received multiple honors from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week for her efforts on behalf of small business and her constituents.  Fletcher, who was elected to represent Texas’ 7th Congressional District in 2018,... Read More

Tourist Towns Balance Fear, Survival in Make-or-Break Summer
Travel
Tourist Towns Balance Fear, Survival in Make-or-Break Summer

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination. Spooked by a deluge of visitors, the tiny Oregon community shooed people from its expansive... Read More

State of Small Business Report Outlines the Struggle for Survival and Reopening
Economy
State of Small Business Report Outlines the Struggle for Survival and Reopening
2020-05-27 19:21:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The economy is in crisis, but not everyone is feeling it the same way. One of the hardest-hit sectors is America’s small businesses. Over 99% of the nation’s 28.7 million firms are small and medium-sized businesses which contribute... Read More

Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
Economy
Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program
2020-05-01 14:24:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve said Thursday it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program, a vehicle created to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial shape before the... Read More

House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
Economy
House Bill Aims to Make Cannabis Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Relief
2020-04-24 13:16:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by two Democratic congressmen Thursday would make businesses in the previously flourishing cannabis industry eligible to apply for COVID-19 relief programs run through the Small Business Administration. In the wake of the shuttering of many... Read More

Senate Stalls On More Coronavirus Funds for Small Businesses
Economy
Senate Stalls On More Coronavirus Funds for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and the White House remained at stalemate Monday over an emergency coronavirus package to replenish a small business assistance program that ran out of funds last week, even as critics said misuse of the popular loan... Read More

White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses
Political News
White House and Democrats Near Deal for More Aid to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration and congressional Democrats expressed optimism Sunday that more than $450 billion in loans and aid to Americans most affected by the coronavirus outbreak will be enacted this week, providing a measure of financial help as... Read More

Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
In The News
Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
2020-04-03 13:36:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "Surreal" is the first word Shaun Thompson uses to describe what's happened to his business since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. just over a month ago. Tele-Town Hall was founded in 2006 with a single... Read More

ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
Political News
ABA Thanks Rep. Cuellar for Promoting Pro-Growth Economic Policies
2020-02-21 15:20:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association, in partnership with the Texas Bankers Association, threw its support behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, this week, and urged Texans to join in supporting his efforts. In a series of new ads launched Wednesday,... Read More

Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
Congress
Restoration of Local Tax Breaks Illustrates Gottheimer’s Commitment to Working Families
2019-12-20 18:27:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Democrats voted to lift a $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions, known as SALT, repealing a deduction limit Republicans had imposed as part of their 2017 tax code overhaul. The bill, H.R.5377 , which was... Read More

Congress Considers Proposals to Help Immigrants Start Small Businesses
In The News
Congress Considers Proposals to Help Immigrants Start Small Businesses
2019-11-11 17:03:42
by Tom Ramstack

Business leaders in California appealed to Congress Friday to expand financial assistance to immigrants trying to start their own businesses. They said small government investments can create big payoffs when immigrants start successful businesses that pay taxes and employ other... Read More

Pentagon to Recruit Private Investors to Fund American-Made Small Drones
Dep. of Defense
Pentagon to Recruit Private Investors to Fund American-Made Small Drones
2019-08-27 15:36:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking to recruit private investors to invest in a new generation of American-made small drone technology as an alternative to Chinese models. Ellen M. Lord, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, told reporters... Read More

Houlahan, Balderson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Grants To Spark Small Business Innovation
Business
Houlahan, Balderson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Bolster Grants To Spark Small Business Innovation
2019-08-06 21:25:55
by Sean Trambley

Freshman Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D-Penn., was joined by Representative Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, to introduce bipartisan and bicameral legislation to enhance commercialization services for federally funded research and development.  Introduced in the House on July 18, H.R. 3839, the Research Advancing... Read More

Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
In The News
Delgado Bill Aimed at Aiding Small Businesses Passes House
2019-07-24 12:52:08
by Sean Trambley

Legislation intended to make it easier for small businesses to comply with federal regulations passed the House with bipartisan support last week. Introduced by freshman Representative Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., the bill requires the Small Business Administration to create a centralized... Read More

GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
In The News
GOP Freshman Rep. Steil’s First Bill Passes House to Help Small Businesses Grow
2019-07-16 21:09:44
by Sean Trambley

New legislation passed the House last week to help small businesses gain access to capital, expand, and hire workers.  H.R. 3050, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, was introduced by Freshman GOP Representative Bryan Steil, R-Wis., and... Read More

New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
In The News
New Senate Bill Aims To Increase Investment In Small Businesses
2019-07-02 21:35:28
by Sean Trambley

Last week, U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to increase investment in small businesses by permitting banks to invest up to 15 percent of their capital in... Read More

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