The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (HMEP) provides consultative services for manufacturers that can be found many other places in the private and public sectors. Through non-profit partner offices throughout America, HMEP claims to help "clients achieve higher profits, save time and money, invest in physical and human capital, and create and retain thousands of jobs." In 2007, the Office of Management and Budget found that "the program only serves a small percentage of small manufacturers each year" and that one-fifth of all companies aided by HMEP had more than 250 employees. Originally, HMEP centers were to become self-sustaining but have never been able to, receiving more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer resources. Elimination of this program was included in the Congressional Budget Office's August 2009 Budget Options document, which noted, "Proponents of this option question whether it is appropriate or necessary for the government to provide technical assistance such as that offered by the HMEP program...The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has noted that survey results from the Modernization Forum indicate that about half of the partnership's clients believe the services they obtained from HMEP are available other places, although at a higher cost." This program received $124 million in the Appropriations Bill for FY2010 and received $110 million in FY2009 appropriations. Similar programs include the Small Business Administration;s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, which funds similar nonprofit extension centers meant to service small businesses in achieving economic success with consulting advice they may not be able to afford. The SBDC program received $113 million in FY2010.
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