The Small Business Watchdog

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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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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

Advocacy Publishes Newest State Small Business Profiles

February 14th, 2013 · Comments Off

How are small businesses doing in your state? The Office of Advocacy has just published the Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, to help answer this question. These profiles are brief two-page documents that give policymakers, small business owners, economists, and many others a detailed picture of the economic role of small businesses [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics · State and Regional

Deadline Extended for Small Business Research Proposals

January 9th, 2013 · Comments Off

The deadline for submitting proposals for small business research for the Office of Advocacy has been extended to February 8. The original announcement with the revised deadline follows.
The Office of Advocacy examines the role of small business in the economy and publishes research on a wide range of topics each year. These studies educate policymakers [...]

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2012 Accomplishments, 2013 Horizons

December 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments

As 2012 winds down, the Office of Advocacy continues to build up an impressive number of achievements working with federal agencies and small business owners to bring transparency to the regulatory process. The synergy between our research and regulatory work continues to strengthen both areas; timely and actionable research is the foundation of efficient and [...]

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

Panel Examines Regulatory Developments and Women-Owned Businesses

November 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

 
On November 7, the greater D.C. chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) presented a panel on trends in finance, policy, and regulatory requirements that affect women small business owners. Treliant Risk Advisors hosted the event, Regulatory Developments Affecting Women-Owned Businesses, and Advocacy Economist Christine Kymn [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics