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

June 17, 2020 Press Release

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics will receive a $111,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how rapid changes in work conditions in response to the pandemic have affected employee well-being.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

May 13, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) will return to Washington Thursday and plans to vote Friday on a fifth bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Heroes Act, H.R.

April 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) sent a letter to House and Senate leaders calling for the repeal of a $135 billion tax break in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for hedge fund owners and real estate developers.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today sent email notifications to constituents to ensure they are aware of Wednesday’s noon deadline for claiming supplement payments for eligible dependents for those receiving Social Security, survivor or disability and Railroad Retirement. See the letter below:

 

Dear Friend,

April 9, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) yesterday joined his colleagues in a resolution recognizing the harmful health disparities faced by minority communities during the coronavirus pandemic and urging immediate action to address the ongoing situation. The resolution will be introduced soon.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) yesterday joined his colleagues in a resolution recognizing the harmful health disparities faced by minority communities during the coronavirus pandemic and urging immediate action to address the ongoing situation. The resolution will be introduced soon.

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: