As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced on Tues, May 22, “The Small Business Export Growth Act”, bipartisan legislation that would remove barriers for small businesses to export their products and services.
The Senators, who serve on the Senate Small Business Committee, introduced the legislation in response to feedback they heard from New Hampshire businesses during a committee field hearing they held in Manchester last August.
“We heard from many entrepreneurs that selling to foreign markets is both a tremendous opportunity and a daunting challenge for a small business,” Shaheen said. “The federal government has good resources available to help small businesses bridge barriers to exporting. But federal agencies need to do a better job of listening to feedback from small business owners and coordinating their efforts. This bill will make that happen.”
The bill improves coordination between federal and state agencies and expands outreach efforts to better inform small businesses about federal export promotion opportunities and resources.