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 from May 2012

SBA Proposes Rules for Set-Asides for Multiple Award Contracts

May 31st, 2012 · Comments Off

On May 16, SBA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to address the use of set-asides on multiple award contracts and to clarify the regulations on bundling and contract consolidation. This proposed rule would amend SBA’s regulations to implement the following sections of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: section 1311 (definition of multiple [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

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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Tags: State and Regional

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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Tags: State and Regional

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 21

May 21st, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts 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 in recess this [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

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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Tags: State and Regional

Comments on Incorporation By Reference (IBR) of private technical standards Due June 1

May 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting public input on issues related to Incorporation By Reference (IBR) of private technical standards and conformity assessment activities and whether and how to amend OMB Circular A-119 (Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities). This request for [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

Proposed Changes to Size and Eligibility for Small Business Innovation and Research Program

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to amend its regulations governing size and eligibility for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.    The proposed rule addresses ownership, control and affiliation for participants in the SBIR and STTR Programs. This includes participants that are majority owned by multiple venture capital [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics

NOAA Proposes Rules Requiring Shrimp Boats to use Turtle Excluder Devices

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off

On May 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed rules to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) rigged for fishing to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in their nets. The intent of this proposed rule is to reduce incidental bycatch and mortality [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 4(d) Special Rule for the Polar Bear

May 14th, 2012 · Comments Off

On April 19, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a special rule under authority of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act with respect to the conservation of the polar bear. This proposed 4(d) special rule, in most instances, synchronizes the management of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act with management provisions under the [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy

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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Tags: State and Regional

Would Reforming Export Controls Affect Your Business?

May 10th, 2012 · Comments Off

The President’s Export Council, Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) has developed a survey on the impact of export controls and priorities for export reform. This is an opportunity for small firms to make their voices heard on the important issue of export controls and reform.  The survey is designed to take only 15 minutes to complete.  [...]

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Tags: Regulatory Policy · Research & Statistics

The Time for Innovation-Friendly Policies Is Now, Key Companies Say

May 9th, 2012 · Comments Off

“Innovation” is the buzzword of 2012. So it makes perfect sense that hosting a conference in Washington, D.C., to talk about innovation would coincide with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner tour. The Atlantic Innovation Summit took place on Tuesday May 8th at Ronald Reagan National Airport, pulling together some of the most notable figures in business.
Throughout [...]

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Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 7

May 8th, 2012 · Comments Off

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts 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 Senate are both [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Internet Sales Tax Proposal Discussion

May 7th, 2012 · 3 Comments

On May 3, Advocacy hosted a small business roundtable meeting on the taxation of Internet sales. Small business owners and representatives and Capitol Hill staffers participated.
The debate over whether and how to tax Internet commerce goes back over a decade. Some small business stakeholders contend that it is unfair that brick-and-mortar businesses (i.e., those with [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

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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Tags: Research & Statistics · State and Regional

Immigrant Businesses Start with More Capital than Others Do

May 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off

Immigrants make a significant contribution to business ownership and formation, according to a new study from the Office of Advocacy.  Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners, and their Access to Financial Capital found that 10 percent of immigrants own a business. Nearly 20 percent of immigrant-owned businesses started with $50,000 or more in startup capital, [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics

The Small Business Economy, 2011

May 1st, 2012 · Comments Off

Quarter by quarter, small busi­nesses with fewer than 500 work­ers continued to outperform large firms in net job creation three out of four times from 1992 through 2010, when private-sector employ­ment rose, according to data in the latest edition of The Small Business Economy.
The newest edition is formatted to improve the accessibility of the [...]

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Tags: Research & Statistics