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H.R. 1702 (115th): Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 23, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1702

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2017

(for himself and Mrs. Radewagen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business

A BILL

To amend the Small Business Act to improve the small business development centers program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This subtitle may be cited as the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2017.

2.

Use of authorized entrepreneurial development programs

The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating section 47 as section 48; and

(2)

by inserting after section 46 the following new section:

47.

Use of authorized entrepreneurial development programs

(a)

Expanded support for entrepreneurs

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator shall only use the programs authorized in sections 7(j), 7(m), 8(a), 8(b)(1), 21, 22, 29, and 32 of this Act, and sections 358 and 389 of the Small Business Investment Act to deliver entrepreneurial development services, entrepreneurial education, support for the development and maintenance of clusters, or business training.

(2)

Exception

This section shall not apply to services provided to assist small business concerns owned by an Indian tribe (as such term is defined in section 8(a)(13)).

(b)

Annual report

Beginning on the first December 1 after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall annually report to the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate on all entrepreneurial development activities undertaken in the current fiscal year. This report shall include—

(1)

a description and operating details for each program and activity;

(2)

operating circulars, manuals, and standard operating procedures for each program and activity;

(3)

a description of the process used to award grants under each program and activity;

(4)

a list of all awardees, contractors, and vendors (including organization name and location) and the amount of awards for the current fiscal year for each program and activity;

(5)

the amount of funding obligated for the current fiscal year for each program and activity; and

(6)

the names and titles for those individuals responsible for each program and activity.

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3.

Marketing of services

Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(o)

No prohibition of marketing of services

The Administrator shall not prohibit applicants receiving grants under this section from marketing and advertising their services to individuals and small business concerns.

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4.

Data collection

(a)

In general

Section 21(a)(3)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(a)(3)(A)) is amended—

(1)

by striking as provided in this section and and inserting as provided in this section,; and

(2)

by inserting before the period at the end the following: , and (iv) governing data collection activities related to applicants receiving grants under this section.

(b)

Annual report on data collection

Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648), as amended by section 3 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

(p)

Annual Report on data collection

The Administrator shall report annually to the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate on any data collection activities related to the Small Business Development Center program.

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(c)

Working group To improve data collection

(1)

Establishment and study

The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall establish a Data Collection Working Group consisting of members from entrepreneurial development grant recipients associations and organizations and Administration officials, to carry out a study to determine the best way to capture data collection and create or revise existing systems dedicated to data collection.

(2)

Report

Not later than the end of the 180-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Data Collection Working Group shall issue a report to the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate containing the findings and determinations made in carrying out the study required under paragraph (1), including—

(A)

recommendations for revising existing data collection practices; and

(B)

a proposed plan for the Small Business Administration to implement such recommendations.

5.

Fees from private partnerships and cosponsorships

Section 21(a)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(a)(3)(C)), as amended by section 4, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

Fees from private partnerships and cosponsorships

Participation in private partnerships and cosponsorships with the Administration shall not limit small business development centers from collecting fees or other income related to the operation of such private partnerships and cosponsorships.

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6.

Equity for small business development centers

Subclause (I) of section 21(a)(4)(C)(v) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(a)(4)(C)(v)) is amended to read as follows:

(I)

In general

Of the amounts made available in any fiscal year to carry out this section not more than $600,000 may be used by the Administration to pay expenses enumerated in subparagraphs (B) through (D) of section 20(a)(1).

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7.

Confidentiality requirements

Section 21(a)(7)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(a)(7)(A)) is amended by inserting after under this section the following: to any State, local or Federal agency, or third party.

8.

Limitation on award of grants to small business development centers

(a)

In general

Section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648), as amended by section 4, is further amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1), by striking any women's business center operating pursuant to section 29,; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(q)

Limitation on award of grants

Except for not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator may not award grants (including contracts and cooperative agreements) under this section to any entity other than those that received grants (including contracts and cooperative agreements) under this section prior to the date of the enactment of this subsection, and that seek to renew such grants (including contracts and cooperative agreements) after such date.

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(b)

Rule of Construction

The amendments made by this section may not be construed as prohibiting a women’s business center from receiving a subgrant from an entity receiving a grant under section 21 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648).