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White House outlines small-business plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest executive action, the White House announced new steps Thursday to spur start-up businesses and help them access $2 billion in resources.

The U.S. Small Business Administration said it would move forward with a previously announced effort to launch a $1 billion program to provide matching capital to early stage small businesses. The project, called “Startup America,” is aimed at harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship by leveraging private-sector investment.

Separately, the White House said a private-sector partnership connected to the Startup America program was announcing $1 billion in services — from free software and consulting to legal services — to 100,000 start-up companies during the next three years. The partnership is led by AOL co-founder Steve Case.

The help to small business is the latest step by the Obama administration to use executive action to get around congressional Republicans, an approach dubbed “We can’t wait.”

“America’s small businesses can’t wait for these important tools to grow and hire faster,” President Barack Obama said, urging Congress to pass pending legislation.

Other new steps outlined by the administration include an online policy challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to offer new ideas to foster innovation, educational programs and commitments from more than 100 community colleges to promote entrepreneurship.

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  1. Small-Business plan ? – I’m curious to see what kind of hiring quotas, wage mandates, social agendas, endless reporting, and other embedded “gotchas” are lurking in this bill for our small businesses. This administration is hell-bent on gaining control then destroying the entrepreneurial free-market system that made this country great. Small businesses: Beware of a pact with the Devil.

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