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Easy Target?

Budget-cutters in Congress have set their sights on the SBA.

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This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Small-business owners find themselves caught in the cross hairs again as Congress considers billions of dollars in cuts to various federal programs following one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record.

At press time, the House was seeking a 2 percent across-the-board cut that would hurt the SBA--even though the SBA's budget has already been slashed in half over the past five years. There could also be additional cutbacks included in pending appropriation bills this year that would trim programs that provide small-business loans and other support for entrepreneurs.

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