Thursday, January 27, 2011

SBA Under Fire

It appears the SBA is going to face some troubled times in the future from both the Senate and the House.

See statement by Senators Snowe and Landrieu. Then click on the link and see what the Chair of the House Small Business Committee says his Committee will be doing.

Chairman Graves thoughts as presented in the article:

”The Small Business Administration can expect to undergo in-depth, strategic review of its operations along with potential deep cuts throughout during the next two years according to Rep Sam Graves, the new Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.”

After years of cuts by the Bush Administration President Obama has put forth some modest increases in the budget. It appears the days of cuts may be returning.

I will be the first to say the SBA isn’t perfect but in the overall budget the SBA is next to nothing and the SBA has really done some good things with the passage of the Small Business Jobs bill.


Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Landrieu, Snowe Seek Recommendations from SBA to Eliminate Programs

Posted on: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:05:16 EST

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Jan 26, 2011 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) --

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. and Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today sent letters to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and Inspector General Peg Gustafson requesting recommendations for programs within the SBA that could be eliminated or substantially reduced, without undermining the agency's ability to serve the needs of small business owners.

Senators Landrieu and Snowe said in the letters, "As the new Congress convenes, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will begin the session by examining and assessing the need, efficiency and effectiveness of programs within the Small Business Administration.

"Like the American people, Congress must continue to evaluate and determine what spending is necessary to meet current needs and demands while identifying and eliminating needless spending. Accordingly, we take this responsibility seriously and will dedicate time and effort in this Congress to determine the best path forward."

With the elimination of duplicative, ineffective, or redundant programs, Senators Landrieu and Snowe have committed to undertake a careful examination of ways to improve small business programs within the SBA and across Federal agencies.

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a hearing to help move forward with this effort and requested that the Administrator provide the recommendations no later than February 10, 2011.

This in the House

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