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Small Business, Jobs and the Economy

Congresswoman Judy Chu at the construction of the iconic 210 bridge for L.A. Metro's Gold Line.

As a member of the Small Business Committee, and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, my top economic priorities include promoting the growth of small businesses; creating a competitive workforce through education and training; and rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure to create jobs today. Since small businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs, I believe helping entrepreneurs succeed is the key.

Small Business Development Centers

Getting an idea off the ground isn’t always easy. Having access to local resources like advice on how to develop and grow a small businesses can make all the difference.

That is why I’m proud to have brought the first two Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) to the San Gabriel Valley. Small Business Development Centers are Small Business Administration (SBA) administered partnerships, typically with local colleges and universities that provide free, confidential services to small business owners. Any person who wants to start or expand their small business can get a business plan or a feasibility study.  They can get help in marketing and most importantly in finding financing.  

Where once the closest SBDC was in Long Beach, I am proud to say that thanks to all of our efforts, we now have two fully operational SBDCs – one at Pasadena City College and the other at the University of La Verne. These small business development centers have already helped many entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, and they can be of service to you too, so don’t hesitate to contact them for free advice and support. 

Pasadena City College SBDC
Foothill Campus

3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Room 122
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626) 585-3106

SBDC hosted by University of La Verne
College of Business and Public Management

2180 Third Street
La Verne, CA 917507
Phone: (909) 448-1556

Expanding Access to Capital

Financial capital is critical for small businesses – it allows them to invest in new equipment and grow their payrolls. But that capital can be hard to come by.

That’s why I successfully fought to pass the Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development (CREED) Act into law. It extends the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504 loan refinance program for 5 years, allowing qualified small businesses to lock in long-term, stable financing, and enabling access to working capital to protect and create new jobs.

The CREED Act is completely funded by SBA fees, which means this law helps boost the economy without costing the taxpayers a dime. Since its passage, small businesses have been able to refinance qualified loans at low interest rates, helping them increase their capital and succeed. 

Investing in Main Street

A shocking 73% of small businesses are turned away for conventional loans by banks.  This is why we rely on loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to seek sources of capital. I introduced the Investing in Main Street Act to address this very problem. The Small Business Investment Companies Program, or SBIC, is an investment program with an SBA guarantee that increases access to capital for high-growth, start-up businesses. Already, SBIC funding has helped companies like Tesla, Apple, and Intel get off the ground when they were considered to be small businesses. But a 60 year-old law – the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 - put a cap on how much banks or federal savings associations may invest in SBICs. The Investing in Main Street Act amends that outdated law to increase the percentage of capital and surplus that a bank or federal savings association may invest in SBICs.

This bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in 2019. I am working towards getting it through the Senate and signed into law. 


More on Small Business, Jobs and the Economy

November 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released new information from the Joint Economic Committee showing over $25 million in advanced Child Tax Credit payments went to families in the 27th Congressional District. The tax cuts, totaling $25.2 million helped cover 69,000 low income children in the district. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

August 6, 2021 Press Release

Pasadena, CA — The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, created under the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan to help restaurants keep their doors open and their staff paid, has provided $151,922,477.50 to 421 restaurants in California’s 27th Congressional District, according to a report by the House Small Business Committee. Over half of these grants – which averaged $360,860.99 – went to socio-economically disadvantaged businesses. Rep. Judy Chu, a member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following statement:

August 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the Biden Administration announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be extending the eviction moratorium for areas where the rate of coronavirus remains high. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who had called for the moratorium to be extended, issued the following statement:

July 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Judy Chu announced 20 venues in CA-27 have received over $16.3 million in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG). The SVOG program, which received an additional $1.25 billion in funding this year through the American Rescue Plan, aims to support hard-hit businesses that were forced to shut their doors due to pandemic restrictions, including those in the music and entertainment sector.

July 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Vern Buchanan (FL-16) today reintroduced legislation to update the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction which helps artists deduct the costs of work-related expenses. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the ability to claim miscellaneous itemized deductions, which previously allowed these artists to deduct their work expenses. The elimination of these deductions has caused many artists to pay thousands more in taxes.

July 15, 2021 Press Release

LOS ANGELES – Today, Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Karen Bass (CA-37 and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) joined local childcare providers and working families at the Barrio Action Youth and Family Center in El Sereno to announce the start of monthly Child Tax Credit payments from the American Rescue Plan. Beginning today, over 90% of families nationwide will receive $250 per month for each child age 6-17 and $300 per month for each child age 0-5. In total, families will receive $3,000 or $3,600 per child.

July 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) announced that she secured the inclusion of $17,650,000 for nine San Gabriel Valley projects in the FY 2022 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills.

July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the House passed the INVEST in America Act, a bipartisan bill to pave the way for $715 billion in investments in surface transportation and water infrastructure that will create millions of good-paying jobs while preparing our country for the next century.

June 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the National Climate Service Corps and Careers Network Act of 2021 to create a National Climate Service Corps within AmeriCorps. The corps would allow Americans to serve their communities through public service projects focused on community adaptation, mitigation, and resiliency.

May 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, at the conclusion of National Wildfire Awareness Month, Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27) and John Katko (NY-24) introduced the Filing Relief for Natural Disasters Act. Under current law, the IRS has the authority to postpone certain filing deadlines in the event of a presidentially declared disaster. However, that declaration often comes days or weeks after a state-level emergency is declared, which delays the IRS’s ability to provide federal tax relief to impacted businesses and disaster victims.