On May 8, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3170, the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act, introduced by Representatives Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Dwight Evans (D-PA). If enacted, H.R. 3170 would mandate the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide a cyber counseling certification program, or training, for employees of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) receiving federal grants.
SBDC is funded in part through a partnership with SBA, providing assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. This includes free business consulting and low-cost training services, lending assistance, and disaster recovery assistance. Senator James E. Risch (R-ID) has introduced similar legislation, S. 1428, the Small Business Cyber Training Act, however a timetable for a vote has not been announced.
To view the text of H.R. 3170—click here. Please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 218-6732 with any questions.