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Washington Watch - November 25, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quick Look: House Considers Small Business Funding, Counseling Bills

The House advanced four small business bills last week. A rundown of the proposals is as follows:

  • HR 3014 sets aside $10 billion for guarantees on financing for physicians of small practices looking to upgrade to health IT software and technology.
  • HR 3738 provides $250 million in capital for new firms conducting agriculture research, health information technology and more.
  • HR 1839 will expand the mentoring program for micro-businesses and the self-employed, SCORE, with an additional $7 million.
  • HR 1842 collects data from Small Business Administration aid and counseling programs for small businesses.

Legislative Alert: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)

This past weekend, Senate Democrats won an important procedural vote allowing them to move forward with debate on health care reform. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) is the product of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's efforts to merge both the Senate Finance legislation for reform and the Senate HELP committee legislation.

"This is the closest Congress has ever come to passing health care reform but there are still a lot of challenges to overcome, such as how affordability for the self-employed will be achieved through this proposal," said Kristie Arslan, executive director of the NASE's legislative office.

For more information on the legislation, visit the Library of Congress or the Democratic Policy Committee. There is also additional material in this week's "Small Biz Health Care Roundup."

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NASE Supports Activities, Goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Young people in 85 countries had the opportunity to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators this month through Global Entrepreneurship Week. Organizers aimed to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, and to allow them to join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things.

The NASE supports the Kauffman Foundation’s work with Global Entrepreneurship Week in encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. The NASE believes in the importance of educating young people to about the rewards of pursuing a career as a self-employed business owner.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was co-founded in 2008 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare, in the United States and Make Your Mark, a business-led government-backed campaign, in the United Kingdom.

In the United States, participants had the opportunity to compete in a clean technology challenge and an “Apprentice-style” innovation promotion tournament, and mentoring and networking events among many other state and local activities. More than 650 program partners hosted events in all 50 states, and more than 200 colleges and universities also held events celebrating entrepreneurship during the week.

Small Biz Health Care Roundup

Here's a sampling of this week's top health care reform articles. If you find an article or blog that you think should be considered, drop us a line at media@nase.org.

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