Amata Engages Witnesses at Small Business Committee Hearing on Entrepreneurship

March 5, 2015
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing entitled: Building an Opportunity Economy:  The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Amata engaged witnesses on both the availability of capital investment funds and the accessibility to Small Business Association (SBA) programs.  Amata first questioned the Managing Director of Gallup, Inc., Jon Clifton, enquiring about the availability of capital investment and possible obstructions caused by over regulation.  Amata then followed up with a question to Cynthia Kay, Owner of Cynthia Kay and Co., who was testifying on behalf of the SBA, regarding her personal use of SBA programs and services.

“It is important to the people of American Samoa, to be able to have access to investment capital and the programs offered by the SBA.  Too often in the past, our small businesses have been overlooked in regards to programs and services that are widely available and known to those small businesses in the States.  It is my mission to make sure that American Samoan businesses are able to compete with those on the mainland when it comes to these programs,” concluded Amata.