Rep. Cisneros’ Bipartisan Amendment to Increase SBDC Funding Passes House with Unanimous, Bipartisan Support

July 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) praised the bipartisan, unanimous passage of his amendment to provide increased funding to Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). Rep. Cisneros offered the amendment with Reps. Troy Balderson (R-OH-12), Rick Larsen (D-WA-02), and Don Young (R-AK-At-Large) to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Appropriations Minibus (H.R. 7617). The amendment, which passed the House by a voice vote, provides an additional $5 million to the $140 million approved by the House Appropriations Committee during markup. 

“This amendment is a huge win for Small Business Development Centers, like the one in the 39th District at Cal State Fullerton. Even before this pandemic, SBDCs have been helping entrepreneurs and small businesses get off the ground and thrive,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I’m grateful to work with Reps. Balderson, Larsen, and Young on this bipartisan charge to get more funding for SBDCs in the appropriations package. Supporting SBDCs means supporting small businesses, workers, and families.”

“Congressman Cisneros’ efforts to increase funding for the nation’s largest business development program, SBDCs, comes at a critical time when many small businesses are still struggling to keep their doors open during the pandemic. The additional funding will further support our SBDC’s efforts to provide direct services that are vital to the survival and recovery of our small business community, services like partnerships with local cities that offer business grants, consulting on funding options, lease negotiation and selling online, and resources that provide guidance on employee safety, offered at no cost,” said Mike Daniel,  Regional Director of the Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network hosted by Cal State Fullerton. “We thoroughly thank Congressman Cisneros for his commitment to small business and his support of the role SBDCs play in their recovery across the country. Congressman Cisneros played a vital role in assisting the SBDC's with receiving additional CARES Act funding that has been used to increase our presence in the local community including opening a new center that is focused on supporting small business owners in the cities of Fullerton, Brea, and the surrounding areas."

“Small businesses are the heart of our economy and create job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. With the significant hardships they’ve faced during the pandemic, it’s critical we lift up these job creators,” said Rep. Balderson. “One of the key ways we can do this is through support of SBDCs, which help connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow their small businesses and build up their workforce.”

“Small Business Development Centers in Northwest Washington provide businesses owners with critical tools and support to help navigate the ongoing public health crisis. Robust federal investment in SBDCs will help businesses and communities begin to recover and drive job creation and long-term economic growth when the nation gets to the other side of this pandemic,” said Rep. Larsen.

"Small business is the heart of our economy, both in Alaska and across the country. SBDCs are an essential tool for helping entrepreneurs succeed by connecting them with training, business advisors, and other means of support. The COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified the urgency of supporting our nation's small businesses,” said Rep. Young. “I am very pleased to see $145 million in funding for SBDCs included in this appropriations package, and I want to thank Congressmen Cisneros, Larsen, and Balderson for their partnership on this critical issue. It is my great hope that the initiatives supported by this funding will empower entrepreneurs as they pursue their dreams of business ownership. In Congress, I will always stand up for our small businesses, their workers, and the communities they serve."

Rep. Cisneros led a bipartisan letter with Reps. Balderson, Larsen, and Young advocating for strong funding levels for SBDCs in FY 2021. The funding is consistent with the House-passed level in FY 2020. The letter was signed by 70 members.

Rep. Cisneros also testified before the House Appropriations Committee urging an increase in funding.