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115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2789

 To amend the Small Business Act to reauthorize and improve the Small 
Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology 
               Transfer Program, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                              June 6, 2017

 Mr. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. Schneider, and Mr. 
  Lipinski) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
   Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committee on 
    Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently 
   determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such 
 provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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                                 A BILL


 
 To amend the Small Business Act to reauthorize and improve the Small 
Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology 
               Transfer Program, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Support Startup Businesses Act of 
2017''.

SEC. 2. IMPROVEMENTS TO TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.

    Section 9(q) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(q)) is 
amended--
            (1) in the subsection heading, by inserting ``and 
        Business'' after ``Technical'';
            (2) in paragraph (1)--
                    (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)--
                            (i) by striking ``a vendor selected under 
                        paragraph (2)'' and inserting ``1 or more 
                        vendors selected under paragraph (2)(A)'';
                            (ii) by inserting ``and business'' before 
                        ``assistance services''; and
                            (iii) by inserting ``assistance with 
                        product sales, intellectual property 
                        protections, market research, market 
                        validation, and development of regulatory plans 
                        and manufacturing plans,'' after 
                        ``technologies,''; and
                    (B) in subparagraph (D), by inserting ``, including 
                intellectual property protections'' before the period 
                at the end;
            (3) in paragraph (2)--
                    (A) by striking ``Each agency may select a vendor 
                to assist small business concerns to meet'' and 
                inserting the following:
                    ``(A) In general.--Each agency may select 1 or more 
                vendors from which small business concerns may obtain 
                assistance in meeting''; and
                    (B) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(B) Selection by small business concern.--A small 
                business concern may, by contract or otherwise, select 
                1 or more vendors to assist the small business concern 
                in meeting the goals listed in paragraph (1).''; and
            (4) in paragraph (3)--
                    (A) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``paragraph (2)'' 
                each place it appears;
                    (B) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``$5,000 per 
                year'' each place it appears and inserting ``$6,500 per 
                project'';
                    (C) in subparagraph (B)--
                            (i) by striking ``$5,000 per year'' each 
                        place it appears and inserting ``$35,000 per 
                        project''; and
                            (ii) in clause (ii), by striking ``which 
                        shall be in addition to the amount of the 
                        recipient's award'' and inserting ``which may, 
                        as determined appropriate by the head of the 
                        agency, be included as part of the recipient's 
                        award or be in addition to the amount of the 
                        recipient's award'';
                    (D) in subparagraph (C)--
                            (i) by inserting ``or business'' after 
                        ``technical'';
                            (ii) by striking ``the vendor'' and 
                        inserting ``a vendor''; and
                            (iii) by adding at the end the following: 
                        ``Business-related services aimed at improving 
                        the commercialization success of a small 
                        business concern may be obtained from an 
                        entity, such as a public or private 
                        organization or an agency of or other entity 
                        established or funded by a State that 
                        facilitates or accelerates the 
                        commercialization of technologies or assists in 
                        the creation and growth of private enterprises 
                        that are commercializing technology.'';
                    (E) in subparagraph (D)--
                            (i) by inserting ``or business'' after 
                        ``technical'' each place it appears; and
                            (ii) in clause (i), by striking ``the 
                        vendor'' and inserting ``1 or more vendors''; 
                        and
                    (F) by adding at the end the following:
                    ``(E) Multiple award recipients.--The Administrator 
                shall establish a limit on the amount of technical and 
                business assistance services that may be received or 
                purchased under subparagraph (B) by a small business 
                concern that has received multiple Phase II SBIR or 
                STTR awards for a fiscal year.''.
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