"Congressional interest in the SBA's [Small Business Administration] loan, venture capital, training, and contracting programs has increased in recent years, primarily because small businesses are viewed as a means to stimulate economic activity and create jobs. Many Members of Congress also regularly receive constituent inquiries about the SBA's programs. This report provides an overview of the SBA's programs, including  entrepreneurial development programs (including Small Business Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, and SCORE);  capital access programs (including the 7(a) loan guaranty program, the 504/Certified Development Company loan guaranty program, the Microloan program, International Trade and Export Promotion Loan programs, and the Surety Bond Guarantee program);  disaster assistance;  government contracting and business development programs (including the 8(a) Minority Small Business and Capital Ownership Development Program, the Historically Underutilized Business Zones [HUBZones] program, the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program, and the Women-Owned Small Business [WOSB] Federal Contract program);  the Office of Inspector General;  the Office of Advocacy; and  venture capital programs (including the Small Business Investment Company program and the New Markets Venture Capital program)."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33243
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