Small business assistance (111 - 120 of 259 items)
Small Business: SBA's Preferred Stock Repurchase Program
RCED-95-249FS: Published: Aug 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on individual specialized small business investment companies (SSBIC) participating in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) preferred stock repurchase program as of May 31, 1995, focusing on the: (1) repurchase price paid, unpaid dividends forgiven or amortized, and the method used to finance the repurchase; (2) company's private c...
Export Finance: The Small Business Administration's Role in Meeting Small Business Needs
T-GGD-95-235: Published: Sep 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 1995.
GAO discussed information on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Export Working Capital Program (EWCP), focusing on SBA role in meeting the export finance needs of small-and medium-sized businesses. GAO noted that SBA has: (1) worked with the U.S. Export-Import Bank to streamline and standardize its working capital programs; (2) supported U.S. export assistance centers by assigning 11 staff...
Small Business Administration: Inadequate Oversight of Capital Management Services, Inc.-an SSBIC
T-OSI-95-19: Published: Aug 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1995.
GAO discussed its investigation of a specialized small business investment company (SSBIC). GAO noted that: (1) the Small Business Adminstration's (SBA) oversight of the firm was inadequate; (2) the SSBIC director made questionable financing transactions with ineligible recipients or that violated SBA regulations; and (3) the director has been convicted of conspiracy to defraud SBA...
Health Insurance Regulation: Variation in Recent State Small Employer Health Insurance Reforms
HEHS-95-161FS: Published: Jun 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on state legislation to improve portability, access, and rating practices for the small-employer and individual health insurance markets.GAO found that: (1) no state entirely adopted the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) model small-employer health insurance act; (2) the states did not consistently define small emp...
Small Business: Construction Firms' Access to Surety Bonds
RCED-95-173FS: Published: Jun 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO surveyed small construction firms' access to surety bonds, focusing on the experiences of minority and women contractors.GAO found that: (1) 7.2 percent of the minority-owned firms surveyed had obtained surety bonds before 1990; (2) the minority-owned firms tend to be smaller, have less construction experience, and are more likely to have obtained their f...
Small Business: Responses to Survey on Construction Firms' Access to Surety Bonds
RCED-95-173S: Published: Jun 26, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1995.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on small construction firms' access to surety bonds between 1990 and 1993.GAO noted that: (1) the random sample included 12,000 construction companies; (2) the firms that did not answer the survey were generally smaller, worked in special trade areas, and were less likely to have financial records on file with Dun & Bradstreet; (3) survey results could not b...
Small Business: Information on SBA's Small Business Investment Company Programs
RCED-95-146FS: Published: May 12, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on small business investment companies (SBIC) and specialized small business investment companies (SSBIC), focusing on: (1) trends in the number, funding, losses, capitalization, size, and liquidation of SBIC and SSBIC between 1990 and 1994; (2) SBIC and SSBIC investment activities between 1990 and 1994; and (3) the educational backgrou...
Small Business: Information on Eight Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Offices
RCED-95-137: Published: Apr 14, 1995. Publicly Released: May 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at eight federal agencies, focusing on: (1) whether OSDBU directors report to the required agency official and, if not, the rationale for the deviation; and (2) OSDBU activities to assist small and disadvantaged businesses (SDB) in obtaining federal contracts.GAO found that: (1) exc...
Federal Research: Interim Report on the Small Business Innovation Research Program
T-RCED-95-154: Published: Apr 6, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 1995.
GAO discussed its review of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. GAO noted that: (1) the quality of research proposals to date appear to have kept pace with the program's expansion; (2) it is too early to judge the long-term quality of research proposals because major increases in program funding have not yet occurred; (3) agencies providing SBIR funding have not implemented the...
Small Business: Status of SBA's 8(a) Minority Business Development Program
T-RCED-95-149: Published: Apr 4, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1995.
GAO discussed the status of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) business development program and the Department of Defense's (DOD) small disadvantaged business program, focusing on key changes designed to make the 8(a) program more effective. GAO noted that: (1) although the total dollar value of new contracts awarded competitively grew during fiscal year 1994, federal procuring agencie...