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  • Federal and state threats to small businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Small Business

    Column by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman The small businesses in my congressional district consistently ask me to make the federal government’s policies more like Colorado’s. The pro-growth policies in this state have made it one of the best for small businesses in the country. That may soon change. On Election Day, Colorado voters face two ballot measures – one for a state-run healthcare system and one for a dramatic minimum wage increase -- these could transform Colorado from one nation’s most busine... Read more

  • Coffman Named ‘Hero of Main Street’
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (CO-06) today announced that he has received the “Hero of Main Street” award from the National Retail Federation for his support of legislation critical to the retail industry. Read more

    Posted in In the News on August 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    Earlier this month, NACS Grassroots reached a new level of community involvement with the launch of the NACS In Store initiative. The program invites members of Congress to spend a few hours at a local convenience store during their congressional recess, giving the legislators an opportunity to experience what really happens in our industry. During the visit, legislators are given a tour by store employees and learn first-hand how proposed legislation — such as menu labeling, data security and ... Read more

  • Straight Talk: Small Business Week
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    Dear Friends, Next week is the 51st annual National Small Business Week, a time designated to celebrate the importance of small firms to the economy. Many Members of the Committee will be visiting small businesses in their districts. Small businesses need our support in our communities, and they also need some changes in Washington, D.C. During the last five years, small businesses have faced numerous roadblocks to growth, including economic uncertainty, mounting regulations, higher taxes, and b... Read more

  • Lawmakers push consolidation of small business preference process
    Posted in In the News on April 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business, Military & Veterans

    Senior members of the House Small Business Committee want to consolidate the service-disabled veteran-owned small business procurement process under the sole jurisdiction of the Small Business Administration, and to legislate that change as part of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The Department of Veterans Affairs has its own SDVOSB program, while the SBA handles SDVOSB duties for all other federal agencies. At the ACT-IAC Small Business Conference on April 24, House Small Business C... Read more

  • Coffman Urges Action on Marijuana Banking Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on March 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Small Business

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) sent a letter to House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit Chairman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), urging action on H.R. 2652, the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2013, that would allow financial institutions to provide banking services to businesses dealing with marijuana products in jurisdictions where it is now legal. “As you are aware, the citizens of Colorado and the State of Washington have ... Read more

  • Coffman talks to small business owners in Aurora
    Posted in In the News on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    Congressional Rep. Mike Coffman met with 15 small business owners today in Aurora to discuss federal impact on local businesses. The discussion was held with Rep Sam Graves, R-Mo., chairman of the congressional committee on small business. Business owners expressed concern and confusion surrounding federal health care legislation, regulatory compliance and uncertainty around federal banking policies for Colorado’s legal marijuana businesses. Graves told business owners that the federal Affordabl... Read more

  • Coffman Leads Small Business Roundtable with South Metro Denver Chamber and Aurora Chamber of Commerce
    Posted in Press Releases on March 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Small Business

    Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) joined by U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) will lead a Small Business Roundtable discussion hosted by the South Metro Denver Chamber on Wednesday, March 19 in Centennial, Colorado, and on Thursday, March 20 hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in Aurora, Colorado. Congressman Coffman and Congressman Graves will be joined by local Colorado small businesses and self-starters to discuss the challenges they fac... Read more

  • For pot businesses, using banking system is a safety issue
    Posted in In the News on December 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and Economy, Small Business

    The news that the federal government is expected to give banks the cautious approval to work with marijuana businesses is exactly what's needed as Colorado is about to step into an industry with so many unknowns. Without banking, the new retail marijuana endeavor is being set up as a magnet for trouble if it remains a cash-based industry. So far, banks have refused to provide basic services to cannabis businesses because pot is still considered an illegal Schedule 1 substance under the federal C... Read more

  • IFA Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Franchise Small Business Ownership Opportunities for Veterans
    Posted in In the News on December 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Small Business

    The International Franchise Association today applauded Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would help qualified veterans invest in their own franchise small business. The Veterans Entrepreneurs Act of 2013 (HR3725) would create a tax credit for veterans and their spouses who purchase a franchise up to 25 percent of the total initial franchise fee, capped at $100,000. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Paul Cook (D-CA), Rep. Mike Coffman ... Read more

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