|(Warning: it has come to our attention that this number is unrealistic since the SBA uses this number to represent its’ own organization).|
More than 335,000 deaf or hard of hearing Americans own their own business. The @FCC & @SBAGOV launch service to help http://t.co/uU90oMhkI0
— The FCC (@FCC) June 11, 2015
In a press release by the US Small Business Administration, they announced a new initiative to boost access to SBA services for entrepreneurs who are deaf/hard of hearing. This announcement was made in a joint press conference with Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and T. Alan Hurwitz, President of Gallaudet University.
The purpose of this announcement is that the SBA will be joining the FCC in becoming the second federal agency to provide videophone services directly to the deaf and hard of hearing population that entrepreneurs will be able to use their native language.
Updated: June 17, 2015:
Updated June 24, 2015: SBA officially responds, see email below: