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February 2015 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Newsletter Released

February 20th, 2015 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy has released the February 2015 issue of The Small Business Advocate newsletter. This edition features Advocacy’s newly released Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, and includes the United States profile in full. In addition, the newsletter contains regulatory news and a summary of the Report on the Regulatory Flexibility [...]

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November-December 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Newsletter Released

December 18th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy has released the November-December 2014 issue of The Small Business Advocate newsletter. This edition features a recent trip to the Denver Biz Tech Expo where Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant was the keynote speaker. Also covered is Region III Advocate Ngozi Bell’s recent visit to West Virginia for the Women [...]

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September-October 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

October 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy released the September-October 2014 issue of The Small Business Advocate newsletter. It features Advocacy’s regional advocates’ tour of 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that seeks to nurture local startup businesses by connecting them with a variety of resources. The message from the chief counsel explores the issue of the gender gap [...]

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Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

September 24th, 2014 · 3 Comments

By Yvonne Lee, Region 9 Advocate
Jacklyn Sher’s parents were refugees from Laos who came to the United States in 1976 with nothing but hope for a better life for their family. They worked hard—their first job was as night janitors at a fast food restaurant—and saved enough money to buy an old station wagon. The [...]

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August 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

August 14th, 2014 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy released the August 2014 edition of The Small Business Advocate. The newsletter features Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant’s recent trip to Oklahoma, where he met with small business representatives. In addition, the newsletter highlights Advocacy staff news and regulatory news.
In This Issue
Regional News:

Advocacy Leaders Learn About Oklahoma’s Small Business Landscape, [...]

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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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May 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

May 30th, 2014 · Comments Off

The May 2014 issue of The Small Business Advocate is a special conference edition that highlights the events from the Office of Advocacy’s Region VI Symposium which took place earlier this month in New Orleans. The symposium brought together members of Advocacy with small business leaders and entrepreneurs from around Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New [...]

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Promising Startups Recognized by Water Technology Nonprofit

March 27th, 2014 · Comments Off

By Yvonne Lee, Region IX Advocate
On March 17, I met 12 fascinating water technology entrepreneurs from around the world. These innovative food and agricultural businesses were the finalists selected to attend the 2014 Imagine H2O (IH2O) Boot Camp in San Francisco, where they had the opportunity to meet with a network of potential investors.
Imagine H2O [...]

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Forum Seeks to Transform Maryland’s Small Business Ecosystem (Rescheduled to February 28)

February 12th, 2014 · Comments Off

On February 28, the SBA Office of Advocacy is visiting the state of Maryland, for the Voice of Small Business Forum to meet and learn from the state’s small businesses about the current business environment they are working in. It is the Office of Advocacy’s goal to engage, listen, and document the “big ideas, barriers, [...]

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High Tech and Viniculture on Display During Tour of New Hampshire Women-Owned Businesses

February 5th, 2014 · Comments Off

On January 10, a group of intrepid New Englanders braved the weather (including a major highway closure due to ice and accidents) to join U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit for a roundtable discussion and business tour outside Manchester, New Hampshire. The day focused on women-owned businesses. While business owners’ [...]

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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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The Regulatory Flexibility Act + The Office of Advocacy = Small Business’s Voice in Federal Rulemaking

September 27th, 2013 · Comments Off

Pictured: Sarah Bresolin Silver, assistant chief counsel, and Doug Babbitt, executive vice president of Rutland Plywood Corporation, on a site visit to the Vermont small business in July.

The federal rulemaking process can be long and involved. The Office of Advocacy plays a small but important role in this process which is spelled out in the [...]

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New England Small Business Weighs in on U.S.–E.U. Trade Arrangements

September 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

The United States and European Union have begun negotiating a new trade agreement, the proposed U.S.–E.U. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or T-TIP). This transatlantic trade partnership was announced by President Obama in February 2013. It is envisioned as an ambitious, high-standard trade and investment agreement that will promote U.S. international competitiveness, jobs, and growth.
As [...]

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Hidden Hawaii: Tropical Climate Is also a Startup Paradise

August 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments

With its year-round warm winds, clear blue waters, and fresh scent of plumeria in the air, Hawaii is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. In the first half of 2013, some 4.2 million travelers visited Hawaii’s six islands, and in the month of June alone, tourists infused $1.3 billion into local businesses. [...]

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New England: America’s Collaboration Headquarters

August 28th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Growing up, we learn the value of a team. Whether we get an A on a group project or become the point guard in high school basketball, we understand the importance of working together toward a common goal. As adults, we sometimes forget the necessity of teamwork; instead, we put competition on a pedestal. We [...]

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From the Drawing Board to the Marketplace in 6 Months

June 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Have a skill and an idea to start a business?  If you are in Spokane, Washington, you are in luck.  The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship can help you launch your business in 6 months!
The Avista Business Entrepreneurship Network began when Avista, the energy provider for the inland Pacific Northwest, gave Spokane Community College funds to [...]

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Innovation, Bioscience and Development Thrive in America’s Heartland

May 30th, 2013 · Comments Off

In April, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant and I, Region VII Advocate Becky Greenwald, toured three Midwestern hubs of innovation and learning—Ames, Iowa, and Maryville and St. Louis, Missouri. Our adventure through America’s heartland introduced us to cutting-edge research and valuable public-private partnerships. It also gave us the opportunity to listen to and hear [...]

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Gatorade, Football, and a Goldmine for the University of Florida

April 24th, 2013 · 2 Comments

While it’s not common knowledge, Gainesville, Florida, has exported some pretty valuable commodities to the rest of the world. While Tom Petty, of Heartbreakers fame, may be flashier, no less valuable is Gatorade. The granddaddy of sports drinks is also a poster child for successful university research commercialization.
Dr. Robert Cade and several researchers on staff [...]

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Engaging Pittsburgh and Its Expanding Innovation Economy

April 17th, 2013 · 4 Comments

On March 12 and 13, the Office of Advocacy rolled out the next installment in its national conversation on innovation and entrepreneurship. This extended dialog took place at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Business School in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The event continued Advocacy’s listening initiative, “Small Business and Government: Maximizing Entrepreneurship, Driving Innovation,” [...]

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Entrepreneurial Energy and Crazy Ideas Abound at NOEW 2013

April 1st, 2013 · 4 Comments

Dreams came true this entrepreneurial season as New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) drew to a close last Friday.  To the winners went the spoils—over $200,000 in cash prizes to local start-ups with the best ideas and business pitch. This year’s NOEW was abuzz with activity, engaging more than 3,000 individuals in small business dialogue, including [...]

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Missoula Chamber Meeting Considers State of Small Business in Montana

March 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

Recently, I had the privilege of participating in the annual State of Missoula Commerce Report hosted by the Missoula Chamber of Commerce. The event, called “The Impacts of Small Business: A National, Regional and Local Perspective,” focused on small business health in Missoula, Montana’s second largest city, as well as the rest of the state. [...]

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Kansas City Sets Its Sights on Becoming America’s Most Entrepreneurial City

March 1st, 2013 · Comments Off

Spend a day in the greater Kansas City area and you can’t help but catch the vibe. Kansas City is intent on transforming itself into America’s most entrepreneurial city. Kansas City is drawing from a rich entrepreneurial heritage. Names like Bloch, Kauffman, and Stowers—a past generation of entrepreneurs—grew their business fortunes here, employed thousands, and [...]

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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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Regional Advocate Participates in Omaha Event Honoring Women Business Owners

January 24th, 2013 · Comments Off

In December, Region VII Advocate Becky Greenwald was a special guest speaker at the Women in Business Small Business Conference and Expo. The event was sponsored by the Nebraska Business Development Center/Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hosting the event was Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry, who recognized 12 women business [...]

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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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Region III Innovation Events Span Startup, Mentoring, Market-Entry

December 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

All across Region III, diverse institutions are promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in novel and energetic ways. These are exciting developments because they are expanding discourse and making room for disparate groups to deliberately and systematically work together. This was my takeaway from three events in which I recently participated.
In Pittsburgh, the AlphaLab Demo Day featured [...]

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NOAA To Withdraw Proposal Requiring Southeastern Shrimpers to Equip Vessels with Turtle Excluder Devices

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off

 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced its intent to withdraw a proposed rule that would have required the use of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) by commercial shrimping vessels in the southeast fisheries.  The rule would have affected an estimated 6,500 shrimp fishermen.  In its regulatory flexibility analysis of the proposed rule, NOAA [...]

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Go Ahead, Take That Risk!

November 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

 
Tomorrow, Kansas City will be humming with the innovation vibe. Two energetic Kansas City–area entrepreneurs, Jabbar Wesley and Eze Redwood—will be launching the city’s first NovelDay at the headquarters of Burns & McDonnell, the international engineering firm.
How many budding entrepreneurs are holding off on implementing a great idea because they lack the confidence to take the [...]

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Getting It Right—How Can the Public Sector Help the Innovation Sector Thrive?

October 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

What will the technological breakthroughs of 2062 look like? No one knows. What we do know, however, is that today’s innovation and entrepreneurship will be their foundation.
This was one of my takeaways from the Office of Advocacy’s symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair of 1962. A close second was a better [...]

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A Growing Family-Owned Small Business Welcomes Advocacy on Jacksonville Site Visit

October 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

On September 27th, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant and I had the opportunity to visit with the founders of the Jerome Brown Barbecue Sauce Company in Jacksonville, Florida. Jerome, JoAnn, and Katrina Brown welcomed Dr. Sargeant and me to their new 36,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Their new expanded home allows them to manufacture, [...]

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Going It Alone?

October 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

 
An energetic group of entrepreneurs participated—on stage, in the audience, and online—at Advocacy’s Seattle conference on September 19. The first panel focused on “Small Business Innovators: The Public-Private Relationship.” Moderator Jonathan Sposato noted that in the course of creating their businesses, the entrepreneurs on the panel ran into some issues and looked elsewhere for help.
As I watched [...]

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Region 2 University Students Tap Into Today’s West Coast Conversation

September 19th, 2012 · 4 Comments

 
The Office of Advocacy’s Seattle conference is being webcast live today, and participants everywhere are invited to participate via SuperChat. Small Business and Government: Maximizing Entrepreneurship, Driving Innovation is a day-long, participant-driven conversation about the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in our economy. It’s being co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, [...]

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Where will you be on September 19th?

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

 
You could be going to work as usual. You could be stuck in traffic. You could be studying law, learning the latest computer program, or working on an economics problem. You could be planning to participate in a “Startup Weekend”—or if you just attended one, you could be seeking out funding for the new business [...]

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Advocacy Participates in a Great Day, Week, and Month in Harlem

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off

The magic created by Harlem’s past has retained a local community vested in building upon the strong foundation of the neighborhood. In the spirit of continuous, sustainable improvement, Harlem Week began its 38th annual celebration on July 28th, proving that 155th Street to Washington Heights, from the East River to the Hudson, the streets are [...]

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An interview with Chief Counsel Winslow Sargeant about Advocacy’s Seattle conference

September 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

Chief Counsel Winslow Sargeant will lead Advocacy’s conference in Seattle on September 19th in conjunction with the Next Fifty celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. I spoke recently with Dr. Sargeant about his hopes for the conference:
Q: What made Advocacy decide to convene this conference?
Dr. Sargeant: One of the ways Advocacy stays informed is by [...]

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How does a university foster entrepreneurial spinouts from research?

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off

 
 
Q: What do these have in common?

A firm using polymer-based technology to improve the speed of clinical laboratory tests for infectious diseases, cancer, and metabolic disorders,
A company developing scalable simulation software for cloud environments, and
A startup that converts waste glass into versatile green building materials.

A: All three are new companies spun out of research conducted [...]

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What’s new in startup funding?

September 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

 
“We fund passion, we fund potential, we fund people, we fund success stories,” says the website of Madrona Venture Group, where Greg Gottesman serves as managing director. The company provides seed and early-stage capital to innovative technology companies, primarily in the Northwest. “We fund not only with money, but with time, resources and unbridled enthusiasm [...]

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Can You Jumpstart an Innovative Company in 54 Hours?

August 31st, 2012 · 10 Comments

 
“It’s Sunday evening in a huge loft in New York City’s Chinatown, and leaders of nine motley teams are presenting their ideas for startup businesses to investors, advisors, and other wannabe Mark Zuckerbergs.” So begins an Entrepreneur article about “How Startup Weekend Got Its Start.” 
 Startup Weekends take place in locations from Kansas City to Singapore. [...]

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University/SBDC Support Encourages USVI Tech Firms

August 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

With their combination of a culturally diverse people and a rich history, it is no wonder that the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas attract around 2 million tourists to their beaches every year. Tourism is the driving economic force for a population of just over 106,000, and until this year, the [...]

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Chief Counsel & Regional Advocate Participate in High-Tech Roundtable

August 8th, 2012 · Comments Off

On August 7, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant and Region III Advocate Ngozi Bell visited Teqcorner, a dynamic technology innovation business center in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia that houses and provides services to emerging technology businesses. Its innovative model provides small businesses, technology companies, and startup entrepreneurs with a “community office” approach. It offers flexible [...]

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Do You Know Which Banks Make Small Business Loans in Your State?

July 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Office of Advocacy’s latest small business lending report is a valuable small business tool because it tells you who is making small business loans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and most of the territories. Since there are several ways to measure lending, it’s not quite accurate to say any one lender [...]

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High Tech Entrepreneurs Thriving in Gainesville, Florida

July 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

 
It seems that you can’t go a day without hearing about the need for America to nurture its entrepreneurs. This mantra was quite abstract to me until I took a trip recently to Gainesville, Florida, home of the University of Florida  (UF) and a host of impressive, innovative health, biotech and social media companies.
Gainesville?! That’s [...]

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Advocacy Recommends NOAA Conduct Further Analysis on Turtle Excluder Devices

July 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

On June 28, the Office of Advocacy submitted comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a proposed sea turtle conservation rule imposing new shrimp trawling requirements.
Here are several excerpts from the letter, addressed to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator. The full text is available on the Office of Advocacy’s website.
“The Office of Advocacy [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · State and Regional

A YouTube Chat with the Chief Counsel

July 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

In case you don’t have the chance to have coffee in person with Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant, a Pittsburgh business nonprofit is offering a close approximation.  In a pleasant 10-minute Youtube chat, Dr. Sargeant discusses a range of topics as part of the business interview series, “Coffee with. . .,” sponsored by Pittsburgh’s [...]

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A Good Day for Delaware and Delaware Small Businesses as Governor Signs Executive Order 36

June 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

 
Delaware’s 70,000 small businesses can now sleep a little easier, as a new executive order makes state regulations less burdensome. This is big news for Delaware. Small businesses represent 92 percent of Delaware employers and employ 170,000 workers, or 46.1 percent of all private sector jobs. They contribute significantly to Delaware’s real gross state product [...]

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Got Weekend Plans?

June 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Can shouting out random words in a group of nearly 200 people help start a company?  That’s how the folks at Startup Weekend, a Seattle-based nonprofit, get attendees at their events to “warm up” for a weekend of rolling up your sleeves, getting down to business, and staying up all night to build a company [...]

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Welcome to the West

June 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Across this nation, we have large and small; east and west; oceans, lakes and mountains; and people whose goals make us thrive, grow, and move forward. Our natural curiosity, creativity and desire to succeed has fostered an environment of small business growth over generations, back to our country’s founding. These small businesses built our great [...]

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It’s All About Connections . . . So Get To Know KCSourceLink and USSourceLink

May 29th, 2012 · 3 Comments

We all know that startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners have passion, an idea, and an incredible commitment to turn that idea into a reality. What they do not have is a lot of free time to find all the answers they need when it comes to starting, running, or building their business.
This month I [...]

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SBA Announces National Small Business Week Video Contest Winners

May 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

 
by Karen Mills, SBA Administrator
At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we have the great privilege to work with many amazing small business owners. Every day I see how small businesses are creating an economy built to last and living the American Dream. I wanted to share these great stories with everyone—so we asked small business owners to [...]

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Asian-Pacific Immigrants, Yesterday and Today

May 18th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Since 1992, the United States has recognized May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, celebrating the culture and history of Asian-Pacific Americans.
My family’s American experience began with my grandfather, who emigrated from China in the 1920s. The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act had prohibited most Asians from immigrating to this country. Only a limited number of merchants, missionaries, [...]

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The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Think Biology 101

May 11th, 2012 · Comments Off

An “entrepreneurial ecosystem” is more than a buzzword, it’s the coordination of like-minded entities, individuals, or institutions to form a network to help create, grow, and sustain business development. Understanding and sustaining the ecosystem is critical for the long-term viability of both businesses and the broader community.
“An entrepreneurial ecosystem? Reminds me of biology class,” one [...]

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If Exporting Is Such a Good Deal, Why Isn’t Your Company Doing It?

May 4th, 2012 · 3 Comments

During President Obama’s January 2012 State of the Union Address, the president discussed progress of the National Export Initiative. The program, begun in 2010, aims to double America’s exports by 2014. To help reach this goal, the Obama administration added 20 percent to the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration budget, which now totals $540 million. [...]

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Nurturing an Innovation/Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

April 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

On April 19 and 20, I attended the University of Virginia (UVa) Venture Summit, a signature event that brings together innovative researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The event explored the idea that startups thrive on the relationships they foster in a robust ecosystem richly endowed with innovative research, access to funding and investors, and the sheer [...]

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New York City Industry and Transport Firms See Obstacles—and Openings

April 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Seems everyone’s clear that getting America back to work is the number one priority. And small businesses are the key to making that happen. Small businesses, the engine of our economy, are continuing to not only create jobs, they also drive growth and fuel innovation. I recently participated in the NYC Business Solutions Industrial and [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · State and Regional

Crowdfunding—Read the Fine Print*

April 12th, 2012 · 4 Comments

*The regulations, that is. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has 270 days from the bill signing to write the regulations.
It is common knowledge that innovation and entrepreneurship are critical factors for economic growth. There is even agreement that most innovation occurs in small business and startups, but capital for this critical sector of our [...]

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Veterans Own Nine Percent of U.S. Businesses, Advocacy Study Finds

April 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

With his wife Trish, Gary Walker, Missouri Small Business Person of the Year for 2011, opened a cleaning service. Their company, Magic Touch Cleaning, has thrived using environmentally friendly cleaning products. The company’s clients include banks, medical facilities, eye surgery centers, and car dealerships.
Kelly Terrien, 2011 Small Business Person of the Year for Colorado, went [...]

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Advocacy Listening Tour Visits NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi

April 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

In March, Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant, Senior Advisor Michael Landweber, Region IV Advocate Mark Berson, and Region VI Advocate Caitlin Cain participated in a listening tour to locations in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Photos courtesy Stennis Space Center.

Advocacy staff toured the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) Small Business Technology Incubator at the Stennis [...]

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Advocacy Visits Elkridge Electronics Recycler

April 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

On March 27, Chief Counsel Winslow Sargeant, Region III Advocate Ngozi Bell, and Special Assistant Erik Gulbrandsen paid a site visit to a small business pioneer in electronics recycling, E-Structors, in Elkridge, Maryland.
There’s some info on the visit on the E-Structors website:
“While at the facility Dr. Sargeant and 2 other representatives from the SBA sat down [...]

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Regulatory Alerts: Spotted Owls and Swimming Pools

March 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

The Office of Advocacy has posted two regulatory alerts regarding a proposal from the Fish and Wildlife Service and a final rule from the Department of Justice.
FWS Proposes To Revise the Designated Critical Habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl
On March 8, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to revise the designated critical habitat [...]

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SBA Works with Business for Fair Regulations

March 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

The following guest editorial article by Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant appeared in Saturday’s Nashville Tennessean (March 10).
As chief counsel for advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, I’m often asked “What is the one bit of advice you have for entrepreneurs and small businesses?” My answer is the same for both: “Know who [...]

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Appleton (Wisconsin) Post Crescent: More college students looking at entrepreneurship

December 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

More college students looking at entrepreneurship 
Fremont resident Casey Miller is confident five years from now she will have her own business.
Since she enjoys cooking, it likely will be a restaurant or bakery. But unlike many other entrepreneurs before her, she doesn’t intend to just seek a bank loan, find a place to set up shop [...]

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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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Bell stresses impact of small businesses

November 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

November 24, 2011 
By BRETT DUNLAP: Parkersburg News and Sentinel 
PARKERSBURG – A national small business advocate was in Parkersburg, talking about the importance small businesses have on the nation as well as the areas where they do business
Ngozi Bell, Region III advocate with the Federal Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy in Washington, D.C., was in [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of November 7, 2011

November 7th, 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 on recess [...]

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5 ways to get that federal contract

November 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off

WASHINGTON POST — 5 ways to get that federal contract 
The federal government spends more than $500 billion a year in contracts, making it the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Small businesses throughout the country can and should take advantage of contracting opportunities, which can be a crucial source of revenue to [...]

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Impact of Credit Unions on Small Business Lending

October 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Advocacy’s Office of Economic Research released the following report in September.
The Growing Impact of Credit Unions on Small Business Lending, authored by James Wilcox of the University of California–Berkeley, finds that credit unions may have provided some extra business lending in response to reductions by banks, even during the financial crisis.
The author chose to study credit [...]

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Regional Advocate Participates in NYC Council Hearing

May 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

 On Tuesday, May 10, the Office of Advocacy’s Region II Advocate, Teri Coaxum, testified before two New York City Council committees—the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Veterans, chaired by Diana Reyna and Mathieu Eugene.  Coaxum described the role of the Office of Advocacy and shared the newly released Advocacy-funded study, Factors Affecting [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 10, 2011

May 10th, 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
Congress is in session this [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 2, 2011

May 3rd, 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 Senate and House are [...]

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Justice Department Releases Small Business Compliance Guide on New ADA Regulations

March 17th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The Department of Justice’s revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations took effect on March 15. These new regulations apply to businesses of all sizes that serve the public, and they contain many new or revamped provisions on general nondiscrimination policies.
The Department of Justice has developed a guide to help small businesses understand their obligations [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of February 28

March 1st, 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
Congress is back in session [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 27

September 28th, 2010 · 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 is Congress’s last week in [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 21

September 22nd, 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.
Tuesday, September 21
10:00 a.m.       Full Committee [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of September 14

September 14th, 2010 · 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.
The House and Senate are back [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of August 2

August 3rd, 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.
As of last Friday, the House [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 26

July 27th, 2010 · 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.
Tuesday, July 27
10:00 a.m.       Full Committee [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of July 12

July 13th, 2010 · 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.
The focus on the Hill for [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 21

June 22nd, 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
The Senate voted Monday on [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of June 15

June 15th, 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, June 15
9:30 a.m.         Subcommittee Hearing
Energy [...]

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Bill Would Give Contractors More Time to Sign up For Lead-Safe Certification Training

June 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

A bill with an amendment to modify a controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulation passed in the Senate on May 27 and the two houses of Congress have made plans to conference their two versions of the bill.
The regulation in question—the “Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Program (LRRP)”—implements a new rule that requires renovation and repair [...]

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Small Businesses Prepare for Disasters

June 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

The unfolding tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to affect—and is already affecting—thousands of small business owners, from fishermen to hotel and hospitality providers in states along the Gulf Coast. Sadly, it’s also a reminder, belated for some, of the need for disaster planning in small businesses.
Disaster preparedness and recovery is [...]

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Location Matters

May 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments

 If you’ve bought a home, condo, or any type of real estate, you’ve encountered  those magic words describing the desirability of a piece of property: “Location, location, location.” Simply put, location matters.
 The importance and impact of location on economic development and business growth was recently brought into focus in a new study from the Office [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection Week of February 2

February 2nd, 2010 · 5 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, February 2
2:30 p.m.         Full [...]

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Rhode Island Law Lightens Burden of Regulations

December 1st, 2009 · 11 Comments

On November 9, Rhode Island Governor Carcieri signed into law Senate Bill 290, which aims to help reduce the burden of unfair regulations on small businesses. The bill, sponsored by Senator Leo R. Blais, establishes a chapter in Rhode Island General Laws for small business regulatory fairness in administrative procedures. It also calls for the [...]

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Advocacy to NOAA: Use Good Science to Set Catch Limits

November 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments

On November 10, the Office of Advocacy submitted a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (aka NOAA) regarding the specifications for the Atlantic herring fishery. “Hmm,” you may be thinking. “What’s this all about? I didn’t see anything in the Federal Register about herring specifications.” Well, sometimes Advocacy gets involved so early in [...]

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A Gold Mine for State Data Diggers

October 30th, 2009 · 8 Comments

This week the Office of Advocacy released its 2009 edition of small business profiles. On the website at www.sba.gov/advo/research/profiles, you will find an array of two-page small business economic profiles for the nation, each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Each is loaded with the most current available data [...]

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MED Week Showcases Innovative Energy Initiatives by Minority Entrepreneurs

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

            Minority Enterprise Development Week 2009 was a great opportunity to celebrate “Energizing the American Economy with Minority Business Enterprises.” I attended a panel on Thursday morning, August 27 (following an excellent keynote address by Earvin “Magic” Johnson) that featured, as moderator, Derek Dingle, Editor in Chief of Black Enterprise magazine; Aubyn Thomas, Senior Vice [...]

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Massachusetts Revises Small Business Identity Theft Regulations

August 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

            Last week, Massachusetts state regulators responded to complaints from small businesses and stakeholder groups by issuing revised regulations aimed at preventing identity theft by computer hackers.  Small business supporters opposed the original version of the rule, which was released last year.  They included Advocacy’s former Region I Advocate, Steve Adams, who expressed concern that [...]

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Small Businesses Share Healthcare Concerns At New Jersey Roundtable Event

June 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

            On Friday, June 19, I attended a healthcare roundtable at F3 Engineering, a small, women-owned manufacturing facility in Paterson, NJ, to discuss with women-owned firms the state of health insurance in the small business world. 
 
            The roundtable featured SBA Administrator Karen Mills and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and [...]

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Winslow Sargeant Nominated Next Chief Counsel for Advocacy

May 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

From the White House press office:
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
President Obama said, “I’m grateful that such experienced and dedicated individuals have joined my administration at a time when our nation faces great challenges. Their deep commitment to their individual areas of work gives me confidence that they will help us put America back [...]

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Spring Is A Time For Green In More Ways Than One

April 8th, 2009 · Comments Off

 
            Troubled times are often the fuel of entrepreneurial spirit.  In a recent article in Entrepreneur magazine, Stimulus Package Has Green for Clean Energy, written by Glenn Croston, he notes the importance of supporting green businesses.  He quotes Byron Kennard, Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Small Business and the Environment as saying [...]

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Connecticut Introduces Bill to Help Small Businesses

March 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

            Connecticut legislators are currently considering a bill that will help improve the regulatory climate for small businesses in Connecticut.  House bill 5930, sponsored by Rep. Diana Urban, D-Stonington, would require state agencies to consider the costs to small business of proposed regulations.
            Representative Urban discussed the importance of this legislation in a recent Hartford [...]

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Connecticut Groups Call for Analysis of Proposed Regulations

February 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

            The Connecticut House Commerce Committee met this week to hear testimony on HB 5930 An Act Requiring Small Business Analysis for Proposed Regulation.  Representative Diana Urban, a strong voice for small business in the state as well as trade groups and individuals, voiced her support.
 
            The proposed legislation would require that a state agency, [...]

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Stimulus Package Includes Incentives For Small Business

February 17th, 2009 · 23 Comments

            Today, President Obama will sign the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009.  I thought that it might be helpful to state what is in this Act for small business.  Here is a run-down of some of the larger items:
 
·      $720 million to help support a number of programs at the U.S. Small Business [...]

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Nashville Focuses On Small Business

January 14th, 2009 · Comments Off

            On January 15, 2009, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Outlook Summit.  This first-ever event will focus attention on key business and economic trends for the Nashville area in 2009.  CEOs, sales and marketing managers, human resources staff, facility managers and other local leaders are expected to attend the event [...]

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Coloradans Work To Reform Healthcare Now

December 9th, 2008 · Comments Off

            Providing health care coverage for employees has become increasing difficult for small business owners.  To address the issue, on December 4th the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative hosted the Colorado Voices for Coverage conference.  It was designed to bring a diverse group of stakeholders together to discuss how to move healthcare reform forward in Colorado.  [...]

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Small Business Hit Hard By Massachusetts Data Regulations

November 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

Last week, in a special meeting, the Massachusetts Legislative Joint Committee on Consumer Affairs heard from businesses and social service agencies about the unnecessary burden they face from recently adopted data security regulations. The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations has adopted data security regulations that far exceed comparable Federal Trade Commission [...]

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Recognize Your Local Regional Advocate!

November 24th, 2008 · Comments Off

– John McDowell

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MicroEnterprise Journal Grabs Tom Sullivan For Final Interview

November 20th, 2008 · Comments Off

            On Chief Counsel Tom Sullivan’s last day in office the MicroBusiness Journal posted a podcast of Tom and editor Dawn Rivers Baker discussing all things micro.  Now that podcast is available for all to hear.
 
            Dawn notes that:
“…his work has impacted the bottom line of millions upon millions of small business owners, who have [...]

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Watch The California Governor’s Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

November 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

            On November 18, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the creators of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is live video streaming (and posting on-demand) the California Governor’s Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.
 
            The webcast is here: http://www.kauffman.org/EventDetails.aspx?id=5116

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