News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The report concludes with an assessment of the Obama Administration’s proposals and pending legislation, which would authorize changes to the 7(a) program that are designed to enhance small business access to capital, including H.R. 3854, Small Business Financing and Investment Act of 2009; S. 2869, Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009; and the Senate’s version of H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which was passed by the Senate on September 16, 2010.
In addition, the agency provides grants to support counseling partners, including approximately 900 Small Business Development Centers (often located at colleges and universities), 110 Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE, a volunteer mentor corps of retired and experienced business leaders with approximately 350 chapters.
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Designation – This establishes an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime and subcontract awards for participation by small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
Several bills are also discussed, including S. 3020, the HUBZone Improvement Act of 2010, which would require the SBA to implement several GAO recommendations designed to improve the SBA’s administration of the program and extend for three years HUBZone eligibility for firms that lose their HUBZone eligibility due to the release of 2010 decennial census economic data.
Congressional interest in the Microloan program has increased in recent years, primarily because microloans are viewed as a means to assist very small businesses, especially women- and minority-owned startups, to get loans that enable them to create jobs.