This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Going Global from Day One


Any entrepreneur can tell you that a startup is essentially global from day one. With a low barrier of entry, global traffic and millions of customers shopping online each day, eBay has become more than a simple auction site for used good -- more than 90 percent of U.S. small businesses on the platform now export.


This Wednesday, the House Committee on Small Business will hear from the head of eBay’s Global Public Policy Lab on how to expand the role of small businesses in global commerce. The hearing will examine “ongoing trade negotiations, the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 and the impact of U.S. trade policy on small businesses.


In the Senate, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is scheduled to examine proposed environmental regulations and their impacts on small businesses.


Other topics covered by hearings in the week ahead include: improving capital access, commercial space regulation, competitiveness, relations with Cuba and cyber threats.


Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA

House Committee on Small Business

Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access

2360 Rayburn HOB

Tuesday, May 19

10:00 am


Protecting Critical Infrastructure: How the Financial Sector Addresses Cyber Threats

House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit

2175 Rayburn HOB

Tuesday, May 19

1:00 pm


H.R.880 - American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015

H.R.2262 - SPACE Act of 2015

House Committee on Rules

H-313 U.S. Capitol Building

Tuesday, May 19

3:00 pm


Across Town, Across Oceans: Expanding the Role of Small Business in Global Commerce

House Committee on Small Business

2360 Rayburn HOB

Wednesday, May 20

11:00 am



An Examination of Proposed Environmental Regulation’s Impacts on America’s Small Businesses

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

428A Russell Senate Office Building

Tuesday, May 19

2:00 pm


U.S. Cuban Relations - The Way Forward

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Wednesday, May 20

10:00 am


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