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Entries from December 2011

EEOC Launches Small Business Task Force

December 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched an internal task force that will focus on expanding and improving outreach and technical assistance to small businesses. The Small Business Task Force, led by Commissioner Constance S. Barker, will work to find ways in which the agency could better collaborate with the small business community [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Rights Posting Rule to April 30

December 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to postpone the effective date of its employee rights notice-posting rule at the request of the federal court in Washington, D.C., hearing a legal challenge regarding the rule. The Board’s ruling states that it has determined that postponing the effective date of the rule would facilitate the resolution [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Postponed — See Dec 28 Entry

December 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

(Was: Deadline Looms for Posting Employee Rights per National Labor Relations Act)
As of January 31, 2012, most private sector employers must post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act at their worksites. The notice is free and can be downloaded and printed in multiple languages from the National Labor Relations Board [...]

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Invention Is the Mother of Economic Growth

December 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

 Invention Is the Mother of Economic Growth: Nathan Myhrvold
By Nathan Myhrvold – Dec 19, 2011
One reason “dismal science” aptly describes economics is that it so often winds up in a zero-sum trade-off of diminishing returns. That gets depressing when the global economy is in a sorry state, as it is now.
Most economists gloomily advise [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

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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Tags: Research & Statistics · State and Regional

FWS and NOAA Propose to define the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act; a portion is “significant” if it is essential to the viability of the species

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off

On December 9, 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a policy defining the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act.  A portion of the range of a species is “significant’’ if its contribution is so important that without that portion, the [...]

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Quarterly Indicators: The Economy and Small Business

December 16th, 2011 · Comments Off

Advocacy releases its Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for the third quarter of 2011.  The brochure-style publication contains commentary and analysis on the current employment and financing trends of small businesses.  The bulletin shows economic variables related to small business trending up. 
If you need further information, please feel free to contact Brian Headd at the Office [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

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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Tags: State and Regional · Uncategorized

WASHINGTON POST — Commentary: The economy needs small business

December 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

By Todd McCracken and Dan Danner
December 11 
In the past few months, there has been an influx of sentiment claiming that small businesses aren’t really that important to the U.S. economy and that politicians spend far too much time worrying about small business. 
As the heads of the leading national small-business organizations in the United States, we [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 12, 2011

December 13th, 2011 · 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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Tags: Regulatory Policy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is requesting comments on potential locations for future USPTO satellite offices that the USPTO is directed to establish, subject to available resources, under Section 23 of the America Invents Act (AIA).

December 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

The establishment of satellite offices is an important component of the USPTO’s continued efforts to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce, reduce patent application pendency and improve quality, and enhance communication between the USPTO and the patent applicant community.  An initial satellite office is already planned to be established in Detroit, Michigan.  Subject to [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Advocacy Comments on the Livestock Traceability Rule

December 8th, 2011 · Comments Off

On December 5, 2011 the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed public comments with the Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the proposed rule entitled Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate. A copy of Advocacy’s comments may be viewed at www.sba.gov/advocacy.

On August 11, 2011, APHIS published a proposed rule establishing national official [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Small Business Subcontracting

December 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reopening the comment period for the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2011 at 76 FR 61626. In that rule SBA proposed to amend its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) pertaining to small business subcontracting.
SBA proposed [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 5

December 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

THIS WEEK
The House and Senate are both in session this week.
The House has votes scheduled on a bill to require more consideration of major new regulations and another to bar the EPA from regulating farm dust.
The Senate has a few judicial votes planned.  Senior lawmakers are working behind the scenes to reach an agreement on [...]

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Entrepreneurs in Spurring Job Creation

December 5th, 2011 · Comments Off

Posted by Ellen Kim on December 01, 2011 at 10:18 AM EST
National Entrepreneurship Month is a perfect time to celebrate the immigrant innovators who have always played a major role in growing the American economy – from the Russian-born Sergey Brin (founder of technology giant Google in a California garage) to the Spanish-born Prudencio and [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics · Uncategorized

Advocacy Recommends That DHS Consider Changes to Proposed Ammonium Nitrate Security Program Rule Reduce Burdens on Small Business

December 2nd, 2011 · Comments Off

On December 1, 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on DHS’ Proposed Ammonium Nitrate Security Program Rule. [76 Fed. Reg. 46908 (August 3, 2011)].  DHS’ proposed rule would regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate pursuant to section 563 of [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Before Launching, Organize Personal Finances

December 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

Before Launching, Organize Personal Finances 
Aspiring entrepreneurs preparing to start businesses will find that savings, credit access, and credit scores matter more than market research and investor presentations
By Monica Mehta
(Corrects the name of the credit report website in the penultimate paragraph.)
What happens when your paychecks stop and your business isn’t bringing in steady cash flow or [...]

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