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President-Elect Joe Biden: Small Business Priorities, Technology Industry Reactions

U.S. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

President-Elect Joe Biden has made battling the coronavirus his Number One priority. But additional challenges and opportunities await Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris when they step into the White House in January 2021.

Here’s what business and technology leaders and influencers are saying about the U.S. election results, transition of power, and key priorities for Biden and Harris.

Still, it’s also important to note: The U.S. General Services Administration has not affirmed that Biden won the election, Politico reports. Until the GSA ascertains that Biden is the president-elect, the Biden transition cannot access government funds or communicate with the federal agencies they will be staffing, Politico adds.

Note: Article originally published November 9, 2020. Stay tuned for ongoing updates through Inauguration Day on January 20, 2021.

Joe Biden and Cybersecurity Policy

  • President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to cybersecurity appears likely to mirror that of his old boss, former President Barack Obama. Expect Biden’s White House to increase pressure on Russia, practice greater involvement in cybersecurity, and foster high levels of coordination around all things cyber. Source: Bank Info Security, November 9, 2020.

Joe Biden and Immigration/Technology Hiring

  • Visa Holders: Big Tech and its allies are eager to work with the incoming Biden administration to reverse President Trump’s stricter immigration policies that they complain made it more difficult to recruit and employ highly skilled visa holders. Source: New York Post, November 16, 2020.

Joe Biden and International Policy

  • China Policy: Biden may change the tone of Washington’s relationship with Beijing, but business leaders and Democratic advisers say he is likely to push back on China’s aim to become a global technology leader. As a candidate, Biden said he would invest in bolstering American technology and work with allies to confront Beijing on trade, two initiatives industry officials are banking on. Source: The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2020.
  • China Policy: President Trump set the United States on a new course with his years-long fight against Chinese technology, which he labeled a security threat and a tool for spreading Chinese influence. President-elect Joe Biden will probably tweak that approach, but Beijing shouldn’t anticipate a significant softening, foreign affairs and technology experts say. Source: The Washington Post, November 16, 2020.

Joe Biden and Small Business

Joe Biden and Small Business: Biden has said he wants:

  • Changes in the Paycheck Protection Program, including strengthened oversight and a guarantee that every eligible business with 50 employees or fewer would get relief.
  • A stronger federal plan to control the public health crisis in order to mitigate shutdown risks and therefore protect businesses.
  • A fund which would receive $30 billion in initial federal funding and make investments, including directing $10 billion to state and local programs that provide venture capital.
  • To provide theMinority Business Development Agency, housed under the Commerce Department, $5 billion in annual lending and investment authority, a move intended to improve federal contracting and other opportunities for minority-owned businesses.
  • Source: The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2020.

Association of Women’s Business Centers: AWBC CEO Corinne Hodges offered this statement:

“The Association of Women’s Business Centers congratulates President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris on their recent success. On behalf of women-owned businesses nationwide and the 117 women’s business centers, we applaud every U.S. citizen that exercised their right to vote in the 2020 General Election – a historic number of Americans turned out.

In this upcoming year, we urge bipartisan solutions to the health and economic uncertainty at hand. As the Biden Administration addresses the COVID-19 crisis, we underscore the importance of supporting female entrepreneurship, along with the greater small business community, to keep Americans on payroll and alleviate the disparate effects experienced by millions of entrepreneurs.

AWBC looks forward to working with the Biden Administration and new Congress in prioritizing the small business community, including women-owned businesses, and building a sustainable future for the backbone of our economy.”

Source: AWBC, November 9, 2020.

The Main Street Alliance: The alliance, which represents U.S.small businesses, congratulated Biden and Harris but called on the duo to close the major gaps that small businesses face — including:

  • A real understanding and commitment to eliminate the inequities in capital access and financial support for minority-owned and women-owned small businesses, particularly Black women-owned small businesses.
  • Protecting and strengthening the health care many small businesses rely on through the Affordable Care Act.
  • And addressing the very real child care and paid leave crisis we have in our country that directly impacts our small businesses economy.
  • Source: Main Street Alliance, November 7, 2020.

Todd McCracken

Todd McCracken, president, National Small Business Association (NSBA)

National Small Business Association: The NSBA applauded the 2020 election winners and called on all policymakers to focus on the road ahead. In a statement, NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken said:

“I’d like to congratulate all the new and returning lawmakers who won their races, and specifically President-Elect Joe Biden on his win. As the nation’s longest running small-business advocacy organization, I’d like to extend an open door to his administration as they begin the important transition process and move forward on efforts to move the U.S. economy forward.

“NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization. We work with anyone who supports pro-small-business policies, and we take our marching orders directly from our small-business members. As such, we will continue our productivework with the Trump Administration throughout the remaining months of its term and offer our support and insight to President-Elect Biden’s incoming team.

“For small businesses, the bottom line today is: onward.”

Source: National Small Business Association, November 7,  2020.

Frank Knapp Jr., co-chair, Small Business for America’s Future

Small Business for America’s Future: In a statement from Co-Chair Frank Knapp Jr., the coalition for small business owners and leaders nationwide called on the Biden Administration and legislators to focus on four priorities:

  • Provide Covid-19 financial relief to small businesses;
  • Correct market failures that have resulted in unbearably high healthcare costs and create affordable options for entrepreneurs and their employees.
  • Implement common-sense tax policies that put small businesses on a level playing field with large corporations and correct the failures of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Create programs that promote the economic security of small businesses by addressing universal small business problems that make them less competitive with big business. Access to capital in particular is a top concern for small business owners.

Source: Small Business for America’s Future, November 7, 2020.

Joe Biden and U.S. Business, Industry and Vertical Markets

Joe Biden and Vertical Markets: Here’s a look at the President-Elect’s views on the auto industry, technology, trade, manufacturing, agriculture, banking, pharma, health care, retail, workplace diversity and more. Source: The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2020.

President Trump’s Stance

President Trump continues to challenge the election results, but his challenges are limited in scope and unlikely to produce large vote swings. Source: The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2020.

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    James Boyles:

    Joe Biden is not the US President elect. The media does not get to make that determination. The final votes have yet to be accurately tabulated.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hi James: You are correct.

    Readers who want to know more about the Electoral College system and the certification of results can find details from the National Archives:

    Biden’s apparent victory is still subject to the counting of all votes, potential recounts in some states, the Electoral College certification process, plus potential legal challenges from the Trump administration, etc.

    In the meantime, it’s common for the President Elect term to be used before the final certified outcome is announced. If the final certified outcome differs from our headline, we’ll be sure to make the update.


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