The Small Business Watchdog

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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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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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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