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    April 08, 2019
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    First thing Wednesday, there is a 131 & Counting Congressional and Industry Breakfast on women’s entrepreneurship hosted by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). 131 & Counting was established to support the growing number of women lawmakers and their staff by convening policy stakeholders and female leaders to ensure women are an essential part of America’s democracy.
    On Wednesday, the U.S. House Committee on Small Business will discuss the "SBA 7(a) Budget Proposal and the Impact of Fee Structure Changes." The 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is SBA’s flagship lending program, guaranteeing more than 60,000 small business loans totaling $25.4 billion. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council Member Tony Wilkinson will present testimony to the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access chaired by Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ). Watch the hearing here.
    Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the SBA's International Trade Programs.
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed changes that would put more small businesses at ease regarding overtime pay. But fear of enforcement and legal complexities continue to keep small employers up at night. In response, SBA’s Office of Advocacy wants to hear how the DOL's proposal will help (or hurt) small business. Register here for one of the roundtables in April and make sure your voice is heard. 
    As always, if you are looking for additional ways to support and defend America’s small business community, consider joining the Chamber’s Main Street Leaders program.