The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee voted Tuesday to approve former World Wrestling Entertainment head Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). Expand small business access to export financing by increasing the number of lenders providing export financing solutions from 430 to 555 and the number of small business exporters receiving financing through SBA loan programs from 1,346 to 1,480 by FY2015.
Large bank institutions, such as Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, generate the bulk of their SBA loan volume by loans, especially the express loan and line of credit, offered to those who would be declined for ‘normal’ bank credit due to factors such as length of time in business or slightly more conservative underwriting factors.
Programmatic changes resulting from enactment of P.L. 111-5, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-240, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and P.L. 112-239, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, are discussed.
When, following the suggestion of President Eisenhower, congress passed the Small Business Act and created the U.S. small Business Administration (SBA) in 1953, its stated mission was to aid, counsel, assist and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns,” and also ensure small businesses a fair proportion” of government contracts.
This week the Obama administration has indicated that they intend to rely heavily on the existing infrastructure of the Small Business Administration to get funds moving once again through the banking system and into the hands of small business owners.