Wednesday, April 15, 2009

SBIR support momentum increasing in the House of Representatives

Who said that small business has a small voice? Together our voices are raising a din and the House of Representatives is hearing us.

More and more members of the House are joining in co-signing the letter to Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez urging her to not change the SBIR eleigibility rules in the soon to be debated and (hopefully) enacted SBIR Reauthorization legislation.

As of Noon today, the count was up to 21, and growing. See the latest count HERE.

Ann Eskesen has mobilized SBIR awardees from all over the country, and she issued a very important message to her mailing list today. For those of you who aren't on that list, you can see the message on

For background, see my Blog column of March 29th: Small Business Advocacy Mobilizing Peer Pressure on Velazquez for First Step in SBIR Reauthorization.

We have some more time to get more signatures so please keep the pressure on.

Ann's key message today was that: "Members [of the House] need to become stakeholders in the effective functioning of SBIR in their Districts – and that means, in part, they must be told their local story and sold on the idea that SBIR is a fundamental element in the health of the economy both in their immediate area and nationwide. This is a very different way to think and talk about SBIR but it is the right way."

Monitor for daily updates.

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