HUBZone Contractors National Council
The HUBZone Council is a non-profit trade association providing information and support for
companies and professionals participating in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Contracting Program.
 

 
 


 

Help Us Build Support for Legislation
to Improve the HUBZone Program 


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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - August 2017

On August 3, Congress adjourned for a month-long August recess. Legislators will be back home in their districts and states to meet with constituents, like you, to share an update on their efforts Washington and learn about the issues impacting you.  We are asking you to take advantage of this opportunity to continue the HUBZone Council’s advocacy work by engaging with your Members of Congress. 

The HUBZone Council has been hard at work advocating for business, organization, and agency stakeholders in the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Contracting Program.  On August 2, the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee passed S. 690, the “HUBZone Investment Protection Act of 2017”, introduced by Senator Ben Cardin (MD), which extends HUBZone redesignation from three to seven years.  They also passed S. 929, the “Invest in Rural Small Business Act of 2017”, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) to amend the HUBZone employee residency requirement from 35% to 33%. 

This is fantastic news!  These two provisions are top priorities of the HUBZone Council in 2017.  Both bills will strengthen the HUBZone Program, allowing HUBZone businesses to make substantial, long-term investments without the fear of losing their HUBZone status.

While the Council supports comprehensive reform of the HUBZone program, mirrored in H.R. 3294, firms facing redesignation at the end of 2017 need action now -- this is where you come in!  To ensure passage by the full Senate, we are asking you to urge your Senator to co-sponsor S. 690 and S. 929. 

Please consider attending a constituent event with your legislators, or calling their local office to set up a meeting.  To assist with your advocacy work, the HUBZone has prepared a tool kit (below) for you to be a successful advocate this August.

Thank you in advance for your efforts and we will continue to work with you to strengthen, improve, and promote the HUBZone Program. 

Let’s keep up the positive momentum!
 


 
Urge Your Senators to Cosponsor
S. 690: “HUBZone Investment Protection Act of 2017”

and S. 929, the “Invest in Rural Small Business Act of 2017”

On August 2, the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee held a mark-up and passed two HUBZone bills – S. 690, the “HUBZone Investment Protection Act of 2017”, and S. 929, the “Invest in Rural Small Business Act of 2017”.   These bills address two of the Council’s top priorities:

·         S. 690 – extends HUBZone redesignation from 3 to 7 years
·         S. 929 – amends HUBZone residency requirements from 35% to 33%

 

The Ask

The bills now need to be passed by the full Senate.  Urge your Senators to support these two important pieces of legislation which will help your firm grow and create more jobs in your state.
  

How to Reach Your Senators

The best way to make sure Council’s message is heard is to schedule a meeting with your Senators through their local office.  You can find your Senators here

·  Schedule a meeting with your legislators and/or their staff. Call your district office as early as possible and be flexible. You may have to make more than one call to arrange this meeting.

·  An alternative to one-on-one meetings is attending State town hall meetings. These are open to the public and can generally be found on the Members website or by contacting the office. If you attend one of those events, you can request a brief introduction with the Member.

· Finally, social media, including Twitter and Facebook, are brief, but well-used avenues for communicating with legislators. Committees also have social media accounts where comments can be directed.
 

Make Your Meeting Valuable

The goal of Congressional outreach during recess is to amplify the message the Council builds in Washington. Start by introducing yourself, your organization, and Council.

Three tips to get the most out of your meeting:

1.    Keep It Simple: Senators will likely not know the ins and outs of our policy requests. Likewise, you are not expected to be a policy expert. Share how the issue(s) or legislation impacts your business/organization.

2.    Keep It Concise: These meetings tend to be short. Know what you want to say and focus on the “ask” included with each policy priority.

3.    Follow Up: Follow up matters.  After the meeting, be sure to send the appropriate thank you email to the legislator and any staff members in attendance.  If you discussed any items that need to be passed along, please do so in a timely fashion. If the legislator asked you any questions and you need additional information, please feel free to send your requests to the HUBZone Council staff.

 

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS

  
 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 
 
 
 
HUBZone Contractors National Council
PO Box 4041, Falls Church, VA  22044  USA
phone 703-237-3674    fax 703-229-6425

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