Small Businesses

Small businesses are the heart of the American economy.  Our country’s small businesses employ half of the nation’s private sector workforce and create a large portion of America’s new jobs. It is critical that small businesses play a significant role in our efforts to restore America’s economic strength and the growth of Memphis.

Growing small businesses – specifically businesses owned by minorities and women entrepreneurs - has been a recent topic in Memphis. Opening new doors for small businesses here in the United States and internationally is essential. For Memphis businesses to grow, we must ensure they are represented in the federal government’s procurement process. One of the largest customers of goods and services is the federal government, and last year small businesses in the U.S. received nearly 1.8 million contracts totaling almost $90 million.

In an effort to ensure that small businesses in Memphis have the information that they need, I have for several years hosted a Federal Procurement Fair to help small business owners who want to do business with the U.S. government. The Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration and other federal agencies attend to help explain the federal contracting process and the basic requirements of engaging in business with the federal government.

Expanding the American workforce and supporting small businesses is an economic imperative. As we continue with that work, it is important for the public and private sectors to work together. I am committed to playing my part to support and empower hardworking American families, protect jobs and support small business growth in the Memphis area.

More on Small Businesses

March 30, 2020 Press Release
March 26, 2020 Press Release

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update for Thursday, March 26  

March 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) early this morning voted for, and the House passed, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The measure provides paid leave, establishes free testing, supports strong unemployment benefits, expands food assistance for vulnerable children and families, and increases funding for Medicaid programs across the country. It also contains tax credits for small and medium-sized businesses affected by the relief measures.

The vote on passage was 363 to 40. It now moves to the Senate for a vote. 

February 19, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Southwest Tennessee Community College will be receiving a $998,405 grant from the Department of Labor’s Closing the Skills Gap Program designed to expand apprenticeship programs.

The college was one of 28 recipients of grants awarded Wednesday totaling nearly $100 million that will support the training of 92,000 individuals in new or expanded apprenticeship programs.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 6, 2020 Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Mid-South Minority Council TADP Inc., an agency providing services to minority business enterprises, will receive a U.S. Department of Commerce grant of $285,400 to spur job creation and retention.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Steve Cohen voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, a bill he cosponsored, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses after the Trump Administration ended these vital protections in a brazen, partisan attack last year.  The Save the Internet Act passed the House by a vote of 231-190.

September 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, at a hearing of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on which he serves as a senior member, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) praised the U.S. Department of Transportation’s selection of Memphis as center for aerial drone technology and noted the initial success last week of a drone demonstration.

April 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a federal research grant totaling nearly $300,000 to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). These funds will help support UTHSC research to identify potential new drugs in cancer therapies through their Anticancer Strategies Targeting the Autotaxin-LPA Receptor Axis program.

October 20, 2017 Enewsletters

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August 17, 2017 Press Release


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today announced that he will be introducing articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump following the President’s comments on the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia.