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Energy Takes Center Stage in Developing Green Technologies

Washington, DC - Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing on how emerging green technologies will help stabilize and grow the U.S.<<<More>>

Jet Fuel Prices Bring Costly Changes to Airline Customers

Washington, DC - Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing to examine how the air transportation crisis, brought on primarily by rising fuel costs, is damaging the <<<More>>

In the News

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bids for Work Falsified, GAO Reports
The Washington Post

Over the past two years, at least 10 Washington area companies have won more than $100 million in prime government contracts set aside for small businesses in economically distressed areas by claiming they had residency in those communities.

A Government Accountability Office report released yesterday challenged those claims and said the agency plans to ask the Small Business Administration's inspector general to investigate.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Airline woes costing small businesses
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The skyrocketing cost of airline tickets may be enough to keep would-be tourists close to home. But for Terry Segerberg - who operates her family's company in Cincinnati's East End, Los Angeles and Houston - travel isn't a perk, it's a necessity.

Segerberg told members of the House Small Business Committee on Thursday that as the cost of fuel jacks up airline ticket prices, small businesses like Mesa Industries, which makes equipment and other products for the petroleum industry, are being hit hard.

"We have been forced to reduce our intra-company travel," she said, explaining that the cost to fly from Cincinnati to Los Angeles has risen from $390 two years ago to $630.

"Multiply this increase by 20 to include all of our sales staff and key administrative staff, and the impact is in the thousands and thousands of dollars each month," she said.

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