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RENAME THE SBA THE AGENCY FOR ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT, SAYS SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "Let's call it what it is, and maybe we can get its mission straight. The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) believes the Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) correctly identifies the mission of government activity on behalf of small business, and the Small Business Administration should be renamed accordingly," said Robert D Bannister, chairman of the SBLC.
 "Furthermore," said Bannister, "we need to place small business at the center of public policymaking, not at the periphery. We propose the creation of a senior level position within the White House structure to serve as an advocate for small business. This individual must be someone with portfolio' who can effectively articulate the small business perspective whatever the topic, be it tax policy or environmental policy. Unless this function is built into the foundation of the public policymaking structure, we will not have provided small business with the voice it needs. Small business concerns must be integrated into every aspect of public policy or we are failing to come to grips with what small business needs most from the government today.
 "What the SBA can and should do is contribute to the development of entrepreneurial activity. We propose the SBA be renamed the Agenntrate on financing, management assistance, procurement assistance and exporting initiatives," said Bannister.
 Bannister concluded: "We will be considering this issue and more than 40 other issues during our annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 1, at the Vista Hotel.
 "At the end of the session we will produce a priority list of small business issues for the Clinton administration. We look forward to working with the administration on these issues."
 The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) is a permanent, independent coalition of nearly 100 trade and professional associations that share a common commitment to the future of small business. Its members represent the interests of small businesses in such diverse economic sectors as manufacturing, retailing, distribution, professional and technical services, construction, transportation and agriculture.
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 /CONTACT: Small Business Legislative Council, 202-639-8500/


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