H. R. 6237
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 31, 2012
Mr. Braley of Iowa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business
To amend the Small Business Act to provide for grants to small business development centers, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Main Street Stabilization Act of
Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Main street stabilization
The Administration shall establish a grant program for small business development centers in accordance with this subsection. To be eligible for the program, a small business development center must be in good standing and comply with the other requirements of this section. Funds made available through the program shall be used to—
develop business advisory capacity to provide expert consulting and education to assist small businesses and to, in areas of high demand, shorten the response time of small business development centers, and, in rural areas, support added outreach in remote communities;
develop a portfolio of online survival and growth tools and resources that struggling small business concerns can utilize through the Internet;
deploy additional resources to help specific industry sectors with a high presence of small business concerns, which shall be targeted toward clusters of small businesses with similar needs and build upon best practices from earlier assistance; and
develop a formal listing of financing options for small business capital access.
Award size limit
The Administration may not award an entity more than $250,000 in grant funds under this subsection.
Subject to amounts approved in advance in appropriations Acts and separate from amounts approved to carry out the program established in subsection (a)(1), the Administration may make grants or enter into cooperative agreements to carry out this subsection.
There is authorized to be appropriated not more than $2,500,000 for the purposes of carrying out this subsection for each of the fiscal years 2013 and 2014.