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                                                 Union Calendar No. 126

106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 413

                  [Report No. 106-184, Parts I and II]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

 To authorize qualified organizations to provide technical assistance 
     and capacity building services to microenterprise development 
  organizations and programs and to disadvantaged entrepreneurs using 
 funds from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and 
                          for other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                              July 2, 1999

   Reported from the Committee on Small Business with an amendment, 
   committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the 
                    Union, and ordered to be printed





                                                 Union Calendar No. 126
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 413

                  [Report No. 106-184, Parts I and II]

 To authorize qualified organizations to provide technical assistance 
     and capacity building services to microenterprise development 
  organizations and programs and to disadvantaged entrepreneurs using 
 funds from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and 
                          for other purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 19, 1999

 Mr. Rush (for himself, Mr. Leach, Mr. LaFalce, Mr. Vento, Mr. Olver, 
Ms. Kilpatrick, Mrs. Maloney of New York, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Metcalf, and 
 Mr. Frank of Massachusetts) introduced the following bill; which was 
      referred to the Committee on Banking and Financial Services

                             June 14, 1999

     Reported and referred to the Committee on Small Business for 
    consideration of such provisions of the bill as fall within the 
     jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(o), rule X

                              July 2, 1999

Additional sponsors: Mr. Underwood, Ms. Carson, Mr. Filner, Mr. Stark, 
 Ms. Lee, Mrs. Roukema, Mr. Pastor, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Lantos, Mrs. Meek 
of Florida, Mr. Luther, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mrs. Jones of 
  Ohio, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Oberstar, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. 
Capuano, Mr. Bilbray, Mrs. Christensen, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Brown of Ohio, 
Ms. Norton, Mr. Cook, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Martinez, 
 Ms. Berkley, Mrs. Thurman, Mr. Baldacci, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, 
 Mr. Conyers, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Taylor of North Carolina, Mrs. Capps, Mr. 
 Clement, Mr. Brown of California, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. Davis of Illinois, 
Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Gonzalez, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Faleomavaega, 
  Mr. Becerra, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Mr. Bentsen, Mr. Hall of 
   Ohio, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Boehlert, Mr. Gejdenson, Ms. McKinney, Mr. 
  Barrett of Wisconsin, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. McCollum, Mrs. 
 Kelly, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Farr of California, Mr. Inslee, 
Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mrs. Morella, Mr. Mica, 
 Mr. Gutierrez, Mr. Ackerman, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Spence, Mrs. 
Clayton, Mr. Jefferson, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Hilliard, Mr. Towns, 
   Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Owens, Mr. Frost, Mr. Hastings of 
Florida, Mr. Payne, Mr. Neal of Massachusetts, Mrs. Mink of Hawaii, Mr. 
  Lucas of Oklahoma, Ms. Millender-McDonald, Mr. Hinojosa, Ms. Roybal-
Allard, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Watts of Oklahoma, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Moore, Mr. 
    Greenwood, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Ms. Hooley of Oregon, Mr. 
Lampson, Mr. Allen, Mr. Wynn, Mrs. Tauscher, Mr. Holt, Mr. Castle, Mr. 
    Fattah, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, Mr. Abercrombie, and Mr. Berman

                              July 2, 1999

   Reported from the Committee on Small Business with an amendment, 
   committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the 
                    Union, and ordered to be printed
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
 To authorize qualified organizations to provide technical assistance 
     and capacity building services to microenterprise development 
  organizations and programs and to disadvantaged entrepreneurs using 
 funds from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, and 
                          for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

<DELETED>SECTION 1. PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO 
              MICROENTERPRISES.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    Title I of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory 
Improvement Act of 1994 (12 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.) is amended by adding 
at the end the following new subtitle:</DELETED>

    <DELETED>``Subtitle C--Microenterprise Technical Assistance and 
                  Capacity Building Program</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 171. SHORT TITLE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``This subtitle may be cited as the `Program for 
Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act of 1999', also referred to as the 
`PRIME Act'.</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 172. DEFINITIONS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``For purposes of this subtitle--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) the term `Administrator' has the same 
        meaning as in section 103;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) the term `capacity building services' means 
        services provided to an organization that is, or is in the 
        process of becoming a microenterprise development organization 
        or program, for the purpose of enhancing its ability to provide 
        training and services to disadvantaged entrepreneurs;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) the term `collaborative' means 2 or more 
        nonprofit entities that agree to act jointly as a qualified 
        organization under this subtitle;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) the term `disadvantaged entrepreneur' means 
        a microentrepreneur that is--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) a low-income person;</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) a very low-income person; 
                or</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(C) an entrepreneur that lacks adequate 
                access to capital or other resources essential for 
                business success, or is economically disadvantaged, as 
                determined by the Administrator;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(5) the term `Fund' has the same meaning as in 
        section 103;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(6) the term `Indian tribe' has the same meaning 
        as in section 103;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(7) the term `intermediary' means a private, 
        nonprofit entity that seeks to serve microenterprise 
        development organizations and programs as authorized under 
        section 175;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(8) the term `low-income person' has the same 
        meaning as in section 103;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(9) the term `microentrepreneur' means the owner 
        or developer of a microenterprise;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(10) the term `microenterprise' means a sole 
        proprietorship, partnership, or corporation that--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) has fewer than 5 employees; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) generally lacks access to 
                conventional loans, equity, or other banking 
                services;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(11) the term `microenterprise development 
        organization or program' means a nonprofit entity, or a program 
        administered by such an entity, including community development 
        corporations or other nonprofit development organizations and 
        social service organizations, that provides services to 
        disadvantaged entrepreneurs or prospective 
        entrepreneurs;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(12) the term `training and technical 
        assistance' means services and support provided to 
        disadvantaged entrepreneurs or prospective entrepreneurs, such 
        as assistance for the purpose of enhancing business planning, 
        marketing, management, financial management skills, and 
        assistance for the purpose of accessing financial services; 
        and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(13) the term `very low-income person' means 
        having an income, adjusted for family size, of not more than 
        150 percent of the poverty line (as defined in section 673(2) 
        of the Community Services Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9902(2), 
        including any revision required by that section).</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 173. ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``The Administrator shall establish a microenterprise 
technical assistance and capacity building grant program to provide 
assistance from the Fund in the form of grants to qualified 
organizations in accordance with this subtitle.</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 174. USES OF ASSISTANCE.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``A qualified organization shall use grants made under 
this subtitle--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) to provide training and technical assistance 
        to disadvantaged entrepreneurs;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) to provide training and capacity building 
        services to microenterprise development organizations and 
        programs and groups of such organizations to assist such 
        organizations and programs in developing microenterprise 
        training and services;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) to aid in researching and developing the 
        best practices in the field of microenterprise and technical 
        assistance programs for disadvantaged entrepreneurs; 
        and</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) for such other activities as the 
        Administrator determines are consistent with the purposes of 
        this subtitle.</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 175. QUALIFIED ORGANIZATIONS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``For purposes of eligibility for assistance under this 
subtitle, a qualified organization shall be--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) a nonprofit microenterprise development 
        organization or program (or a group or collaborative thereof) 
        that has a demonstrated record of delivering microenterprise 
        services to disadvantaged entrepreneurs;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) an intermediary;</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(3) a microenterprise development organization 
        or program that is accountable to a local community, working in 
        conjunction with a State or local government or Indian tribe; 
        or</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(4) an Indian tribe acting on its own, if the 
        Indian tribe can certify that no private organization or 
        program referred to in this paragraph exists within its 
        jurisdiction.</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 176. ALLOCATION OF ASSISTANCE; SUBGRANTS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``(a) Allocation of Assistance.--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) In general.--The Administrator shall 
        allocate assistance from the Fund under this subtitle to ensure 
        that--</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(A) activities described in section 
                174(1) are funded using not less than 75 percent of 
                amounts made available for such assistance; 
                and</DELETED>
                <DELETED>    ``(B) activities described in section 
                174(2) are funded using not less than 15 percent of 
                amounts made available for such assistance.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Limit on individual assistance.--No single 
        organization or entity may receive more than 10 percent of the 
        total funds appropriated under this subtitle in a single fiscal 
        year.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Targeted Assistance.--The Administrator shall ensure 
that not less than 50 percent of the grants made under this subtitle 
are used to benefit very low-income persons, including those residing 
on Indian reservations.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(c) Subgrants Authorized.--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) In general.--A qualified organization 
        receiving assistance under this subtitle may provide grants 
        using that assistance to qualified small and emerging 
        microenterprise organizations and programs, subject to such 
        rules and regulations as the Administrator determines to be 
        appropriate.</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Limit on administrative expenses.--Not more 
        than 7.5 percent of assistance received by a qualified 
        organization under this subtitle may be used for administrative 
        expenses in connection with the making of subgrants under 
        paragraph (1).</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(d) Diversity.--In making grants under this subtitle, 
the Administrator shall ensure that grant recipients include both large 
and small microenterprise organizations, serving urban, rural, and 
Indian tribal communities and racially and ethnically diverse 
populations.</DELETED>

<DELETED>``SEC. 177. MATCHING REQUIREMENTS.</DELETED>

<DELETED>    ``(a) In General.--Financial assistance under this 
subtitle shall be matched with funds from sources other than the 
Federal Government on the basis of not less than 50 percent of each 
dollar provided by the Fund.</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(b) Sources of Matching Funds.--Fees, grants, gifts, 
funds from loan sources, and in-kind resources of a grant recipient 
from public or private sources may be used to comply with the matching 
requirement in subsection (a).</DELETED>
<DELETED>    ``(c) Exception.--</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(1) In general.--In the case of an applicant for 
        assistance under this subtitle with severe constraints on 
        available sources of matching funds, the Administrator may 
        reduce or eliminate the matching requirements of subsection 
        (a).</DELETED>
        <DELETED>    ``(2) Limitation.--Not more than 10 percent of the 
        total funds made available from the Fund in any fiscal year to 
        carry out this subtitle may be excepted from the matching 
        requirements of subsection (a), as authorized by paragraph (1) 
        of this subsection.</DELETED>

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