The Small Business Watchdog

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June-July 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

July 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy released the June-July 2014 edition of The Small Business Advocate. The newsletter highlights The Office of Advocacy’s efforts to help the University of New Orleans (UNO) obtain a grant to study and improve a device used by coastal fisherman to protect sea turtles from their nets. Advocacy worked with small shrimping [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics · State and Regional

Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014 Released

July 14th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy released its Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014. This two-page publication includes charts and tables of economic variables to show the status of small business. This latest quarterly bulletin shows positive indicators for small businesses. The bulletin includes data about establishment birth and death rates, proprietors’ income, employment change [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Small Business Profiles Released

June 20th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy released its annual report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. In a new and improved format, the profiles feature information on small business employment, industry composition, small business borrowing, exporting, and survival rates, as well as business owner demographics. This annual publication provides information for the 50 states, [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

New Research Report Examines Declining Self-Employment Rate Among Baby Boomers

May 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off

A new report released by the Office of Advocacy examines the decline of the self-employment rate among baby boomers nearing retirement. Authored by Bradley T. Helm, the report entitled “Understanding Self-Employment Dynamics Among Individuals Nearing Retirement” explores the reasons behind why the self-employment rate (the proportion of the labor force that is self-employed) among individuals [...]

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Message from the Chief Counsel: Success Stories from the 2013 Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

By Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy
Each year around this time, the Office of Advocacy issues the annual report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The report tells the story of Advocacy’s Office of Interagency Affairs, the group of administrative attorneys who track new proposed rules and encourage federal agencies to fulfill their RFA requirements [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics

Positive Small Business Indicators in 2013 and the Challenge Ahead

January 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Year in Review: Implications for Small Businesses
Two important economic indicators released late in 2013—employment and interest rates—give us some optimism about small business and economic growth trends. Both of these indicators are key to consumer spending, which drives two-thirds of our nation’s economic activity.
At 7 percent, the unemployment rate in November 2013 was [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Conference Examines Changing Environment in Government and Its Impact on Minority Suppliers

November 25th, 2013 · Comments Off

In October, I participated on a panel at the national conference of the National Minority Supplier Development Council in San Antonio, Texas. The two-hour panel examined the changing environment in government and its impact on minority suppliers.
The Council promotes business opportunities for its 16,000 certified minority-owned businesses (mostly small), and connects them to its 3,500 [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics · State and Regional

Small Business Lending Continued to Improve in First Quarter 2013

July 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Office of Advocacy’s Quarterly Lending Bulletin for the first quarter of 2013 suggests that while the total amount of small business lending is not yet on the rise, the overall picture is improving. The total amount was down slightly, by 0.3 percent for the quarter, but small commercial and industrial loans continued moderate growth. [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

Advocacy Seeks New Small Business Research

July 11th, 2013 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy sponsors research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To this end, the office has just announced nine requests for quotations (RFQs) for small business research. The research areas are listed below; they are selected because they are researchable, show the status or role of small [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics

Crowdfunding Rules in Process: Shaping a New Era in Early-stage Equity Financing

June 10th, 2013 · Comments Off

A recent Advocacy study found that new high-tech businesses depend more than other firms on formal financing from outside sources. High-tech firms that rely on patents, copyrights, and trademarks face bank financing hurdles, the report said, partly because their products depend on knowledge assets, which are harder for banks to assess than physical assets.
Recently, I [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics