Tipton Leads Congressional Small Business Caucus Roundtable

Jul 31, 2013 Issues: Small Business, Economy and Jobs
Tipton Leads Congressional Small Business Caucus Roundtable

Tipton Leads Congressional Small Business Caucus Roundtable

WASHINGTON—Today, the Congressional Small Business Caucus, chaired by Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), held a briefing and roundtable discussion on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Entrepreneurial Development Programs. The roundtable was an opportunity for Caucus members and staff to learn about the different Entrepreneurial Development Programs at the SBA. 

“The focus of today’s briefing and discussion was to inform Caucus members and their staff of the Small Business Administration’s latest Entrepreneurial Development Programs that are designed to help small businesses and startup communities across the nation with technical and managerial training, counseling, and information on various ways small businesses can grow and compete in global markets,” Tipton said. “These programs can be invaluable resources for entrepreneurs and small business startups, and today’s roundtable provided Caucus members with useful information that they can bring back to their constituents during the August district work period.”

Learn more about the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Programs here.

Presenters at the roundtable included Ken Yancey CEO of the SCORE Association; Tee Rowe, the President and CEO of the Association of Small Business Development Centers; Marsha Bailey, Chair of the Association of Women’s Business Centers; Holly Schick, SBA Associate Administrator for the Entrepreneurial Development, Business, and Community Initiatives.

"SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development is committed to helping America’s 28 million small businesses start, grow, and compete in global markets by providing quality training, counseling, and access to resources. We look forward to continuing our work with the members of the bipartisan Congressional Small Business Caucus and leveraging our partnership to help get critical tools, tips and resources into the hands of more small business owners across the country,” said SBA Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development, Holly Schick.

"In any community—rural, urban, underserved or affluent—small business is the heart of its existence. They are the restaurants, the auto repair shops, the baker, and the medical device company or the display manufacturer, businesses you may not always think about.  Making them stronger makes the community stronger, and improves everyone’s’ quality of life in a way that nothing else can. That's why SBDCs offer the services they do," said Tee Rowe, President and CEO of the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

“The discussion regarding the needs of small business most often revolves around access to capital, but capital is just one part of the equation.  Entrepreneurs also need access to high-quality training, counseling and support networks.  Over 100 SBA-funded Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) across the nation are helping women start, grow and sustain successful businesses.  Programs are built around the life of a woman: her responsibilities, her finances, her goals and her schedule. WBCs provide a safe and supportive learning environment which helps women acquire both the skills and the confidence they need to succeed in business.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to address the Congressional Small Business Caucus and hope that I will be able to help them understand the importance and impact of Women’s Business Centers in our communities and in the lives of the women we serve,” said Marsha Bailey,  Chair, Association of Women’s Business Centers.

The Congressional Small Business Caucus is comprised of over 90 bipartisan members dedicated to advancing efforts to foster the economic certainty needed for small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and create jobs. It was co-founded by Tipton and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME).

Additional information on the Congressional Small Business Caucus is available here.