Big News for Small Biz — SBA Loan eSignature Bill 1

The Small Business Loan Simplification Act of 2014 was introduced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon. The House Committee on Small Business invited ESRA’s Public Policy Committee to Washington, DC for a meeting this past July. ESRA provided industry insights; education about ESIGN, UETA, GPEA; and recommendations for the proposed legislation being considered. Support was gathered by the House Committee from industry, including providers of electronic signature and record technology, the banking community, and a number of organizations representing various types of SBA lenders. ESRA has continued to share consultative feedback throughout the process. Earlier this week ESRA offered its official support of the bill to the chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Sam Graves. If enacted by Congress, this legislation achieves the important goal of making the SBA loan application process more efficient and will get capital in the hands of small businesses more easily.  To find out more, click here for the press release issued by the House Small Business Committee.

ESRA – A New Look; A Renewed Focus Reply

Today we are officially announcing the updated brand of the Electronic Signature & Records Association to reflect our renewed spirit and action.  Our updated brand capitalizes on the strength and power of our acronym, ESRA.

The letters E-S-R-A embody our identity as the premier global trade association focused on the advancement of electronic signatures and records.  We are recognized by the public, businesses and government alike simply as ESRA. Therefore, our new logo puts it in the spotlight making the most out of ESRA’s solid reputation.


Our new logo, a simple “ESRA box” on the left with the full association name on the right, is intended to convey a business aspect without being overly techie.  This professional design connects the modern electronic elements with a crisp legal aspect.  A single color has been chosen to maintain the intended simplicity of the overall concept.  The dark blue is symbolic of traditional wet ink; yet keeps a technology, data, and virtual feel.  Concepts from the legacy design have been incorporated to demonstrate a connection to ESRA’s past and a continuation of the core values and mission of our organization.

ESRA Vision:  Positively impact consumers, businesses and government through the promotion of electronic signatures and records

ESRA Mission:  Globally, lead endeavors to advocate the use of electronic signatures and records, promote process efficiencies and provide educational resources to the public, businesses and government

You’ll be seeing more of our new brand in the coming weeks and months.  In fact, our annual conference, eSignRecords2014, will showcase our modern culture and renewed focus this November in New York City.  An updated website is currently being developed and will launch later this year; this site will enable ESRA to better serve our diverse membership by providing greater, easier access to resources and information.