November Newsletter: Advocacy Needs Small Biz Trade Input

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Trade Input Needed

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on the proposed U.S.-Japan, U.S.-EU, and U.S.-UK Trade Agreements, including U.S. interests and priorities, in order to develop U.S. negotiating positions. Click below to learn more about all of the proposals and the deadlines for comments and requests to appear in a hearing.


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There are two main ways you can help Advocacy in its efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses: 1) Fill Out This Form and share it with your small business colleagues. 2) Inform Your Advocate of the regulatory issues you and your small business are experiencing Click below to learn more about our office's Regulatory Reform efforts.


Regional Outreach

Regional Advocates help identify regulatory concerns of small business by monitoring the impact of federal and state policies. They work closely with local government officials, state officials and legislators, and the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to develop programs and policies that support small business growth. Click below to learn more about their outreach.



Letters to Federal Agencies in Response to Feedback from Small Businesses

As a result of President Trump’s Executive Orders, 13771 and 13777, Advocacy has begun an effort to hear, firsthand, from small businesses across the country about specific federal regulatory burdens facing their businesses. Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), agencies are required to consider the impact of their regulations on small entities when promulgating federal regulations. Advocacy believes that the RFA and consideration of small business economic impacts is a good place to start when an agency is selecting rules that are being reviewed for reform or elimination.

Read the letters that Advocacy disseminated to federal agencies as a follow up to the feedback received from online comment letters and Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables in 2018 here.


Proposed Reporting Exemption for Air Emissions from Animal Waste at Farms under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act

On November 14, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to amend its release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) to be consistent with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Draft TSCA Risk Evaluation for Colour Index (C.I.) Pigment Violet 29 (PV29)

On November 15, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a draft risk evaluation for an existing chemical substance, Colour Index Pigment Violet 29 (PV29), under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).


Q: How many businesses do minorities own? 

A: In 2012, 8 million businesses were minority-owned, or 29.3% of U.S. firms.

Q: How many businesses do women own? 

A: In 2012, there were 9.9 million women-owned firms, and 2.5 million firms owned equally by men and women.

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