Orman Talks About His Small Business Plan
October 3, 2014

(AP) – Independent Greg Orman has released a plan that he says would create a better climate for small businesses. The U.S. Senate candidate says his proposal seeks to spur investment, streamline regulations and reform student loans to create a skilled work force.

The plan was unveiled Friday as Orman toured small businesses across central Kansas. In Wichita, Orman said a U.S. senator is obligated to be an ambassador for economic development in his state.

His proposal calls for fixing financial regulations to increase small business lending and streamlining federal business programs. He also seeks a review of every federal regulation at least once a decade.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ campaign quickly dismissed Orman’s plan, saying it was full of hypocrisy, fluff and deception.

Another Obamacare Delay- Small Business On-Line Registration Pushed Back
November 27, 2013

Marking the latest HealthCare.gov setback, the Obama administration today will announce a yearlong delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal-run exchanges, according to an HHS notice obtained by POLITICO.

Small businesses have been able to apply through paper applications since Oct. 1, and HHS will announce alternative sign-up methods, like enrolling through an agent or broker or directly through an insurer.

“We’ve concluded that we can best serve small employers by continuing this offline process while we concentrate on both creating a smoothly functioning online experience in the SHOP Marketplace, and adding key new features, including an employee choice option and premium aggregation services, by November 2014,” according to the HHS notice.

A spokeswoman for HHS did not respond to requests for comment this morning.

The administration originally delayed online enrollment in the federal-run small-businesses exchanges, known as SHOP, just days before the failed Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov. At the time, HHS said online enrollment would be available “sometime in November.” Weeks ago, administration officials said online enrollment would be ready by the end of November.

The delay applies only to the federal-run SHOP exchanges in almost three dozen states. With a few exceptions, SHOPs in states running their own exchanges have had a smoother rollout.

KC Councilman Scott Taylor Says Cleaver Invited Him to SOTU
February 12, 2013

Scott TaylorKansas City City Council Member Scott Taylor says he’ll watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight in person from the House of Represenatives.
“Congressman Cleaver has invited me to be his guest in the House of Representatives tonight during the President’s remarks to recognize our advocacy for small businesses. Our Kansas City Council Small Business Committee work to cut the red tape and streamline the process for small businesses to help them grow continues to be recognized at the national level,” Taylor said in a Tuesday afternoon announcement.
Taylor also sat on a Democratic national Convention Committee that looked into small business issues last summer during the DNC in Charlotte.

Cleaver Invites Gates and Other Black Business Leaders to White House Meeting with Obama
December 16, 2011

Kansas City Congressman and Chairman of the Black Congressional Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, brought a group of black business leaders to the White House this week to talk about jobs.
Kansas City businessman Ollie Gates of the Gates barbeque restaurant chain and a long-time Cleaver supporter, was in the group.

He suggested changes to bring new interests and incentives for businesses and customers to come back into the urban core.

“The meeting went very well and the President seemed interested in what we all had to say,” Mr. Gates said according to the release.
“While other people in Washington are arguing about what to do concerning this economy and jobs, I appreciate that Congressman Cleaver is going out and trying to get it done.”

Cleaver’s office called the meeting “a first-of-its kind”, to talk about jobs and the economy.
Cleaver’s office says the meeting with the president lasted about 45 minutes.