Office of Advocacy Newsletter: Alaska Small Business Roundtable Report

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AK Regional Roundtables

Advocacy was in Alaska for Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables July 9-11. Natural resources, labor issues and broadband were key concerns. Advocacy staff also made more than a dozen business visits, where they learned about the unique challenges of living and operating a business in Alaska: a state with the country’s harshest climate, with a transportation system unlike any other state, and without a land link to the rest of the country.

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Comment Letter to SBA on Size Standards

On Aug. 22, Advocacy submitted the Small Business Administration’s proposed rule, Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of Annual Average Receipts. In the letter, Advocacy urges the SBA to revisit, revise, and re-publish for comment a supplemental initial regulatory flexibility analysis to ensure proper alternatives are discussed.

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Premium Cigar Roundtable

Advocacy will hold a roundtable to discuss the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of premium cigars at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12. It will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Small Business Administration headquarters, 409 3rd Street SW, Eisenhower Conference Room. Individuals may participate in person or by teleconference.

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RECENT STUDIES

Small Business Facts: Establishment Dynamics

In 2018, openings of establishments with employees surpassed one million for the first time. Annual openings have exceeded closings for eight consecutive years. Read Small Business Facts: Establishment Dynamics to learn more.

Where Can I Find Small Business Data?

Advocacy disseminates small business economic data and statistics, and links to the main public datasets are on the office's Small Business Data webpage. In addition, Advocacy economists have just updated their list of government and private small business datasets, Small Business Data Resources.

Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2018

Advocacy’s Office of Economic Research (OER) is the only federal office statutorily tasked with examining small business challenges and contributions in the U.S. economy. This report summarizes all research products published by the office and lists all presentations from the Small Business Economic Research Forum in FY 2018. Research topics include business turnover, business dynamics, employment, finance, minority business ownership, and regulation.

REGULATORY ALERTS

EPA Proposes Changes to Requirements for Coal Combustion Residual Disposal

EPA is proposing changes to the requirements for  disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities. EPA will hold a public hearing on Oct. 2. Comment deadline: Oct. 15, 2019.

OSHA Requests Input on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards

OSHA is seeking comment on possible revisions to Table 1 of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction.  Comment deadline: Oct. 15, 2019.

CPSC Seeks Comments on Performance Requirements for Residential Gas Furnaces and Boilers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering establishing performance requirements for residential gas furnaces and boilers. Comment deadline: Oct. 18, 2019.

FMCSA Seeks Comments on Crash Preventability Determination Program for Commercial Truckers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a crash preventability demonstration program to evaluate the preventability of eight kinds of crashes. Comment deadline: Oct. 4, 2019.

 

 

ALASKA SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Q: How many small businesses are in Alaska?

A: The Office of Advocacy’s 2019 Small Business Profile shows that Alaska has 73,354 small businesses.

Q: How many people were employed by Alaska small businesses?

A: Alaska small businesses employed 141,147 people, or 53.0% of the private workforce, in 2016, the latest year available.

Q: How many jobs were added in Alaska by small businesses?

A: Small businesses with less than 20 employees added 1,915 net new jobs in Alaska in 2016, the latest year available.

Q: In which Alaska industry do small businesses employ the most people?

A: Small businesses in the health care and social assistance industry employed 28,051 Alaska residents in 2016, the latest year available.

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