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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Entries Tagged as 'State and Regional'

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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Tags: State and Regional

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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Tags: State and Regional

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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Tags: State and Regional

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

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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Tags: Regulatory Policy · State and Regional

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.
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Tags: Regulatory Policy · State and Regional

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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Tags: State and Regional

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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