The Small Business Watchdog

As the voice of small business in government, Advocacy invites you to post your thoughts on this moderated blog, provided as a forum for the small business community.

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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.
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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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