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Shop Small on Saturday, November 24

November 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on the Small Business Administration website.
In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.
Small businesses [...]

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What can you learn from Seattle startups and their public-private partnerships?

August 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jonathan Sposato of GeekWire.com will moderate a panel on Small Business Innovators: The Public/Private Relationship, at the Office of Advocacy’s September 19 conference in Seattle in conjunction with the “Next Fifty” commemoration of the 1962 World’s Fair. (See the Small Business Watchdog, Aug. 10). Panelists from the private, public, and academic sectors will offer a [...]

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Where do you think America will be in 2062?

August 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Where do you think America will be in 2062?

Fifty years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, the Space Age, and JFK’s presidency, the 21st century was a nearly unfathomable dream of the future. Nevertheless, in 1962, millions of American dreamers converged on the country’s far northwestern corner for a glimpse [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 21

May 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House is in recess this [...]

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NOAA Proposes Rules Requiring Shrimp Boats to use Turtle Excluder Devices

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

On May 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed rules to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) rigged for fishing to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in their nets. The intent of this proposed rule is to reduce incidental bycatch and mortality [...]

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The Time for Innovation-Friendly Policies Is Now, Key Companies Say

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

“Innovation” is the buzzword of 2012. So it makes perfect sense that hosting a conference in Washington, D.C., to talk about innovation would coincide with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner tour. The Atlantic Innovation Summit took place on Tuesday May 8th at Ronald Reagan National Airport, pulling together some of the most notable figures in business.
Throughout [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 7

May 8th, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are both [...]

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Internet Sales Tax Proposal Discussion

May 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

On May 3, Advocacy hosted a small business roundtable meeting on the taxation of Internet sales. Small business owners and representatives and Capitol Hill staffers participated.
The debate over whether and how to tax Internet commerce goes back over a decade. Some small business stakeholders contend that it is unfair that brick-and-mortar businesses (i.e., those with [...]

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Department of Justice to Hold Webinars on Accessible Means of Entry and Exit for Existing Pools

April 25th, 2012 · Comments Off

 
The Department of Justice is announcing free webinars that will provide information and technical assistance addressing the accessible pool entry requirements of the revised 2010 ADA Regulations and the 2010 ADA Standards as they relate to existing pools.

The first webinar will be May 2, 2012, from 2:30 – 3:45 EDT, and it will address the [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of April 23

April 24th, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are both [...]

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Pool and Spa Owners Get a 60-Day Extension to Comply with ADA Standards

April 4th, 2012 · Comments Off

On April 2, the Office of Advocacy sent a letter commending  the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for publishing a final rule that extends by 60 days the date of compliance with certain requirements in the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for accessibility of existing swimming pools and spas.
As stated in Advocacy’s letter, [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 26, 2012

March 26th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate are [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 19

March 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Small Business Lending: Fourth Quarter 2011

March 19th, 2012 · Comments Off

Advocacy economist Victoria Williams recently reported on the financial data for fourth quarter 2011 that was released this month. The new data shows that borrowing remained challenging for small businesses through fourth quarter 2011, even as the pace of economic activity increased and financial conditions overall were supportive of growth. Principal economic indicators such as [...]

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Fish and Wildlife Service Publishes a Draft Economic Analysis for the Riverside Fairy Shrimp

March 9th, 2012 · 8 Comments

On March 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reopening of the public comment period on the agency’s June 1, 2011, proposal for a revised designation of critical habitat for the Riverside Fairy Shrimp, as well as the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA).
Comments on the proposal are due by April 2.
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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 5

March 6th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of February 13, 2012

February 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are [...]

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Proposed Defense Department rules may stifle university research

February 8th, 2012 · 1 Comment

By: James Hendler

U.S. security and prosperity rests, in great part, on our technological innovation and creativity. Both are nurtured within our research university system. The Defense Department, however, is considering new rules for handling sensitive information that, while intended to strengthen U.S. security, could stifle innovative university research.
The U.S. is the world leader in moving [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of February 6, 2012

February 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Good News in the Profiles: States Show Private Sector Job Gains Beginning in 2010

February 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

Once again, Advocacy’s state Small Business Profiles tell a story about where we have been going over the past couple of years. The news about employment change going forward is positive: the United States as a whole and nearly all of the states are beginning to show net private sector job gains rather than losses, [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of January 30, 2012

January 30th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The chambers’ conferees resume negotiations [...]

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Amid Regulations Debate, White House Seeks Cuts

January 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments

The Obama Administration claims it can save businesses $10 billion over five years. Businesses and Republicans give the White House review an “incomplete”
By John Tozzi
Since the early 1990s, gas stations have had to equip pumps with nozzles to capture fuel vapors that escape from tanks as drivers fill up. The government mandated the vapor-recovery systems, which [...]

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Rehberg’s vote on Clean Water Act empowers polluters

January 24th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Rep. Denny Rehberg voted last year to undermine the Clean Water Act. He claims to have done so to empower states and to save businesses from hidden taxes incurred by their forced compliance with federal regulations.
Unfortunately, the lack of overarching controls would empower only polluters, and Rehberg’s efforts would have the ironic effect of undermining [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of January 23, 2012

January 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are [...]

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What glum Americans are missing about our standing in the world

January 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

By Tim Roemer, Published: January 19

The writer, a former U.S. representative from Indiana who served on the Sept. 11 Commission, is a senior vice president at APCO Worldwide.

When I went to serve as U.S. ambassador to India in 2009, I hoped to learn more about that country’s vibrant democracy and our shared values. I gained an additional benefit [...]

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How to create new jobs, spur innovation – The Hill’s Congress Blog

January 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

How to create new jobs, spur innovation – The Hill’s Congress Blog.
On the surface, last month’s economic indicators introduce a dose of positivity into the market: the private sector added 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent, its lowest point since February 2009. But take a closer look and you’ll see that [...]

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Most Home-Based Businesses Start for Less Than $5,000

January 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

By: Chad Brooks, BusinessNewsDaily Contributor
A new report fromCreditDonkey.comshows it takes less than $5,000 for most home-based business owners to get up and running.
The research, which details where small-business owners got their startup capital, found that while the average cost of starting a home-based business was $25,000, 39 percent of owners said it took less than $5,000, [...]

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Lending to Small Business up 18% in 2011

January 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment

By Andrew Chow at FindLaw.com
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:06pm EST

In a possible sign of economic recovery, small-business lending hit a four-year high in November, a new report shows. At the same time, the number of small-business loans in delinquency declined.

The results are revealed in the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index that tracks the overall volume [...]

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Plain language in federal regulation comes closer

January 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Plain language in federal regulation comes closer

By Camille Tuutti
Jan 06, 2012

Federal regulations can be a maze to navigate, but the federal government this week took further steps to streamlining jargon in an effort to make rules more accessible to citizens.
Writing on the OMBlog, Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, discussed the progress [...]

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The U.S. Senate ties up loose ends

January 6th, 2012 · Comments Off

The U.S. Senate ties up loose ends.
One of the things I couldn’t tell you about when it happened has to do with my friend, Dr. Winslow Sargeant (who is not Kellen Winslow and has never played for the San Diego Chargers), Chief Counsel of the SBA Office of Advocacy.
The sad saga of Dr. Sargeant’s nomination to the [...]

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Postponed — See Dec 28 Entry

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

(Was: Deadline Looms for Posting Employee Rights per National Labor Relations Act)
As of January 31, 2012, most private sector employers must post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act at their worksites. The notice is free and can be downloaded and printed in multiple languages from the National Labor Relations Board [...]

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FWS and NOAA Propose to define the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act; a portion is “significant” if it is essential to the viability of the species

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

On December 9, 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a policy defining the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act.  A portion of the range of a species is “significant’’ if its contribution is so important that without that portion, the [...]

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Mentors give business owners a boost

December 15th, 2011 · Comments Off

DE KALB (IL) DAILY CHRONICLE — Mentors give business owners a boost
By NICOLE WESKERNA – nweskerna@shawmedia.com
Created: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:30 a.m. CST 
SYCAMORE – If it weren’t for a group of business-minded volunteers, Ursula Dargis doubts she’d be in business today.
She said her startup business isn’t just surviving in one of the toughest economies in [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 5

December 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are both in session this week.
The House has votes scheduled on a bill to require more consideration of major new regulations and another to bar the EPA from regulating farm dust.
The Senate has a few judicial votes planned.  Senior lawmakers are working behind the scenes to reach an agreement on [...]

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Entrepreneurs in Spurring Job Creation

December 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

Posted by Ellen Kim on December 01, 2011 at 10:18 AM EST
National Entrepreneurship Month is a perfect time to celebrate the immigrant innovators who have always played a major role in growing the American economy – from the Russian-born Sergey Brin (founder of technology giant Google in a California garage) to the Spanish-born Prudencio and [...]

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Before Launching, Organize Personal Finances

December 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

Before Launching, Organize Personal Finances 
Aspiring entrepreneurs preparing to start businesses will find that savings, credit access, and credit scores matter more than market research and investor presentations
By Monica Mehta
(Corrects the name of the credit report website in the penultimate paragraph.)
What happens when your paychecks stop and your business isn’t bringing in steady cash flow or [...]

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President Obama’s Nominee for Chief Counsel for Advocacy Confirmed by Senate

November 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

Dr. Winslow L. Sargeant was confirmed as Chief Counsel for Advocacy by the U.S. Senate on Friday, November 18. Dr. Sargeant is the sixth presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed Chief Counsel for the Office of Advocacy.
Dr. Sargeant has been serving as chief counsel since August of 2010 under a recess appointment. Under his leadership Advocacy has held [...]

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Advocacy RFA Experts Speak at Annual ABA Administrative Law Conference

November 18th, 2011 · Comments Off

On November 17 and 18, Advocacy regulatory attorneys participated in the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law Conference held at Georgetown University.  Advocacy’s Assistant Chief Counsel Jennifer Smith moderated a panel discussion on the various regulatory reform legislative initiatives pending before Congress. Advocacy’s Assistant Chief Counsel David Rostker served as moderator on a panel regarding the [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of November 15

November 14th, 2011 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are [...]

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Advocacy Submits Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (Recycling) Final Rule

October 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

On October 20, 2011, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (Advocacy) submitted a comment on the proposed revisions to the 2008 final rule regarding Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW). A copy of Advocacy’s comments can be found at http://www.sba.gov/advocacy/816.  Related comments were submitted to [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 17

October 17th, 2011 · Comments Off

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 17
Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 3, 2011

October 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 19, 2011

September 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 12, 2011

September 12th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The Senate begins the week [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 25, 2011

July 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
Coming off of weekend discussions, [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 18, 2011

July 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and the Senate [...]

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The Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 11

July 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

THIS WEEK
The House starts its week with the fiscal 2012 Energy-Water spending bill. At the close of the week it could turn to the Financial Services measure.
Also on tap are a bill to overhaul flood insurance programs and allow states more autonomy with water quality standards.
The Senate votes Monday on a motion to proceed to [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 5, 2011

July 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House begins considering amendments [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 27, 2011

June 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House is out of [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 20, 2011

June 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
Both Senate and House are [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 14, 2011

June 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
Both Senate and House are [...]

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California Dreaming

June 8th, 2011 · 3 Comments

One of the things that I like about entrepreneurs is their sense of optimism, their can-do spirit. That spirit was on display as Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant addressed award winners, elected officials, and small business owners Monday on California Small Business Day in Sacramento.
The day was a celebration and recognition of the importance [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 31, 2011

June 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The Senate is in recess [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 24, 2011

May 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are [...]

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OSHA Offers Small Businesses Additional Opportunity to Comment on MSD Proposal

May 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

On Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its report of the recent small business teleconferences on its proposed MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorders) Reporting Rule in the Federal Register. The rule would add a separate column to the OSHA 300 Log (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), a report that employers are required to keep [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 17, 2011

May 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
It will be a relatively [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of April 4, 2011

April 5th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
With the current continuing resolution [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 8

March 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The main topic of discussion [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of January 26

January 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
This is a busy week [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 13

December 15th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The compromise package extending the [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 6

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 8
10:00 [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of November 29

November 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
Congress is back in session [...]

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Where Do Jobs Come From?

October 25th, 2010 · 22 Comments

What happens when you bring together small business owners, academics, and policymakers to discuss the issue of job creation? You get the Office of Advocacy’s most recent symposium, High-Impact Entrepreneurship Outlook: Finance and Innovation Create Jobs.
The gathering took place in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room in the Senate’s Russell Building. The meeting room was the [...]

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Hispanic-Owned Businesses Outpaced Overall Business Growth over 10-Year Period

September 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The number of Hispanic-Owned Businesses grew 88 percent during the 10-year period from 1997 to 2007. Their growth rate was almost 3 times the national level (30 percent) for the period. Detailed information about Hispanic-owned business was recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau and can be found in the 2007 Survey of Business Owners [...]

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RFA@30: Regulations, Cupcakes, Sunlight, and Looking Before You Leap

September 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

 “It takes a special breed to get up and get excited about celebrating the 30th anniversary of a law requiring regulatory fairness!” said Deputy Administrator Marie Johns at the start of Advocacy’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of President Carter’s signing of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant kicked off the day’s [...]

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Small Business, Jobs, and the Tax Cut Debate

August 6th, 2010 · 20 Comments

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was the featured speaker in an August 4 panel that focused in part on how tax cuts would affect small businesses and their role in job creation.
John Podesta of the Center for American Progress introduced the panel, noting that a policy of continuing tax cuts to the top 2 percent of Americans [...]

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President Obama Announces Amended ADA Regulations and New Proposals

July 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), President Barack Obama announced Monday the publication of the final rule  that amends the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) regulation implementing Title III of the ADA.  These regulations set standards for making buildings accessible for people with disabilities and applies to private entities such [...]

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2007 Survey of Business Owners Data Available

July 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The U.S. Census Bureau has released preliminary firm-level data from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners.  Preliminary estimates of business ownership by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status are available now on the Census website; see http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/.  It shows that there were 27.1 million firms in 2007, generating $29.2 trillion in revenue.  A summary of [...]

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Exporters and Exporting Hopefuls: Give Us Your Thoughts!

July 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments

Are you exporting or thinking of exporting but facing some hurdles? Do you have an idea that would help us help you? The export assistance programs of 20 federal government agencies, represented by the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), want to know how to serve you better!
The government, including the Small Business Administration, has set [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 28

June 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

 

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
THIS WEEK
The confirmation hearing on the [...]

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Small Businesses Face Difficulties Deploying Oil Spill Cleanup Technologies

June 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee heard from entrepreneurs struggling with the evaluation process for Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup proposals at a June 17 hearing.
A movie star, an Environmental Protection Agency administrator, a university professor and an official at an oil-eating microbes company appeared before the committee to discuss utilizing small business innovation [...]

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EPA Agrees to Delay Implementation of Lead Renovation Rule

June 23rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

The EPA has responded positively to industry pleas and a request from our office to delay the implementation of the controversial Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP).  {See earlier June 7th  blog below about the Senate bill).
The rule requires renovation and repair contractors working on homes, schools and day care centers built before 1978 [...]

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A Catch-22 in Small Business Lending

June 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments

On June 9, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before the House Committee on the Budget. Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.) and Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were in attendance, along with many committee members from both parties. Bernanke fielded questions concerning the economic outlook of the United States, including specific ones regarding the issues facing [...]

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Advocacy Staff Attends Law Conference

June 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

On Tuesday, June 1, members from Advocacy’s interagency team attended the Sixth Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute Rulemaking Conference.  The event, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the Center for the Study of Rulemaking at American University, featured several panel discussions on recent developments in [...]

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2010 National Small Business Leaders: Lifting America’s Spirits and the Economy

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

It was great to have an opportunity to participate in the 2010 National Small Business Week events here in Washington, DC, this week. My role was to coordinate on-site interviews with the event’s videographer, so I was lucky enough to get a bird’s-eye view of some of the exceptional award winners and sponsors of this [...]

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Regulatory Update- Labor and State Departments Release Final Rules

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

Both the Department of Labor and Department of State have recently released rules which may have an impact on small business.
The first from the Department of Labor requires federal contractors to post notices on federal labor laws. The Notification of Employee Rights under Federal Labor Laws implements Executive Order 13496, signed by President Barack Obama [...]

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Join Us at National Small Business Week Forums on Innovation, Exporting, and Social Media, May 23-25

May 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

For more than 45 years, the annual celebration of our dynamic small business sector, National Small Business Week, has given our nation a great opportunity to celebrate the powerful energy, passion, and strength of America’s entrepreneurial spirit. National Small Business Week 2010 takes place May 23 through May 25, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and [...]

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Take Your Business Global

May 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments

 Many small businesses think they aren’t large enough to compete in the world marketplace. In fact, 97 percent of all exporters are small businesses. To grow your business, you need to think outside the box and outside the borders.

Today, nearly 96 percent of the world’s population lives outside the U.S. Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 10

May 11th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, May 11
10:00 [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of May 3

May 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  Webcasts of hearings are available on the committee websites.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of April 12

April 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 13
9:30 [...]

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Advocacy Recommends That OSHA Reassess the Costs of its Proposed MSD Reporting Rule on Small Business

April 1st, 2010 · 11 Comments

On March 30, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on OSHA’s Proposed Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule (MSD Reporting Rule). [75 Fed. Reg. 4728 (January 29, 2010].  OSHA’s proposed rule would require employers with 10 or [...]

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National Broadband Plan

March 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

On March 16th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled its much anticipated National Broadband Plan. The plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, outlines a number of specific recommendations for policy makers over the next decade to help ensure universal access to high-speed internet in the United States.  
Congress tasked [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 22, 2010

March 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
 Tuesday, March 23
8:00 [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 15

March 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 16
10:00 [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 8

March 9th, 2010 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Tuesday, March 9
9:30 a.m.         Full Committee [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of March 1

March 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Wednesday, March 3
10:15 a.m.       Full Committee [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of January 26

January 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  Webcasts of hearings are available on the committee websites.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact [...]

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USASBE Taps Advocacy’s Economic Research

January 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Office of Advocacy Chief Economist Chad Moutray was one of the speakers over the weekend at the annual United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference in Nashville, Tennessee. His remarks focused on the role that economic research plays in framing policy issues relevant to small businesses.
In addition to highlighting the linkages between [...]

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Dynamics of Employer Establishments, 2002-2003

December 31st, 2009 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy is collaborating with the National Women’s Business Council and the U.S. Census Bureau to produce 2002-2006 datasets for employer establishment dynamics—changes in the number and employment of establishments resulting from their expansions, contractions, and closings. The first set of data is summarized in Dynamics of Employer Establishments, 2002-2003 by Ying Lowrey. [...]

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Christina Romer Speaks at National Economists Club

October 21st, 2009 · 9 Comments

Last night, Christina Romer, the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, spoke at the National Economists Club’s annual dinner. She was introduced by the Office of Advocacy’s Chief Economist Chad Moutray, who also serves as the president of the club. Dr. Romer spoke about similarities and differences in the economic climate of [...]

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SEC Gives Smaller Public Companies a Six-Month Extension To Comply with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley

October 7th, 2009 · 7 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given the smallest public companies extra time to comply with the final portion of Sarbanes-Oxley. The extension will apply to companies with a public float below $75 million.
Such small companies must now begin complying by June 15, 2010, with a provision in the law, known as section 404, requiring them to [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of October 6

October 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
10:00 am  Hearing
Senate [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 29

September 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
HEARING AND MARKUP SCHEDULE
Tuesday, September 29, [...]

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How Small Businesses Can Prepare for H1N1 Influenza

September 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments

 
Workplace Preparedness: How Small Businesses Can Prepare for H1N1 Influenza
A presentation sponsored by the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs of the Office of Small Business Assistance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
September 30, 2009, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
U.S. Department of Labor, FPB Auditorium
Panel Discussion Featuring:
Dr. Rosemary Sokas, Director
OSHA Office of Occupational Medicine
Tina Jones, Director
OSHA Office of [...]

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IRS Issues Guidance on 2009 Required Minimum Distribution Waiver

September 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

 
Earlier this year, employers who are retirement plan administrators received relief from the minimum distribution requirements for 2009. The law generally requires an employer’s pension plan to make a distribution to a plan participant the year the participant reaches age 70½.  The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008  waived the required minimum distributions [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection, Week of September 21

September 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Senate Finance Committee [...]

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SBA & DHS Announce Flu Preparedness Guide for Small Businesses

September 18th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano joined Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division Deputy Director Daniel Jernigan to announce a preparedness guide to assist small businesses in planning for the H1N1 flu on September 14.
 “Small businesses play an essential role in our national [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of September 14

September 15th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
 
Tuesday, September 15. 2009
1:00 pm    Hearing
House [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of September 7

September 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

            Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community.  For further information on the hearings in question please contact the relevant congressional committee.
Wednesday, September 9. 2009
10:00 am  [...]

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