October Small Business Advocate

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New RFA Resources for Businesses & Federal Agencies

Two new resources from the Office of Advocacy help small businesses participate in federal rulemaking and help agencies comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The guide for small businesses and the RFA data page for federal agencies are on Advocacy's website.


Advocacy Files Comments

with DOD

In September 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense released its new cybersecurity maturity certification model. Advocacy submitted several comments to DOD highlighting concerns about the model's impact on small businesses and subcontractors.


New Community Bank Lending Fact Sheet

Advocacy has a new fact sheet, "Small Business Facts: Spotlight on Community Bank Lending." It highlights important facts about community banks, including satisfaction rates, top states for community bank lending, and their impact on small business.



Comments On Hours Of Service Proposal

Advocacy commends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for its retrospective review of its current regulations and supports proposed changes.

Small Business Participants Needed for Cybersecurity Survey

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking participants for a survey on cybersecurity issues for  small and mid-size businesses. Survey deadline: Nov. 11, 2019.

FDA Seeks Comments On Premarket Tobacco Product Applications Proposal

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments on the Premarket Tobacco Product Applications and Recordkeeping Requirements proposed rule. Comment deadline: Nov. 25, 2019.

DOE Seeks Comments On Ceiling Fan Test Procedures

The Department of Energy is seeking public comments on the proposed rule amending test procedures for ceiling fans. Comment deadline: Nov. 29, 2019.

AMS Seeks More Comments On Origin Certification For Organic Dairy Livestock

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service reopened the comment period for a proposed rule to amend the origin of organic livestock requirements. Comment deadline: Dec. 2, 2019. 

FERC Seeks Comments on Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act Rules

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise regulations implementing sections 201 and 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. Comment deadline: Dec. 3, 2019.

NMFS Seeks Input on Critical Habitat for Humpback Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service published a proposed rule to designate specific marine areas as critical habitats for three whale population segments. Comment deadline: Dec. 9, 2019.

DOL Proposes New Tip Regulations Under The Fair Labor Standards Act 

The Department of Labor released a proposed rule that implements changes to tip regulations under FLSA due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Comment deadline: Dec. 9, 2019.



The Wayfair Decision and Small Business In N.H.

Region 1 Advocate Keegan Shepardson reports on a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing on the impact of the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. ruling.

Advocacy Travels To ABA Conference

Last month, Advocacy’s team of environmental law attorneys traveled to Boston for the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources conference. 

Reservations Have Extra Bureaucratic Hurdles

Regional Administrator Jeremy Field and Region 10 Advocate Apollo Fuhriman met with Oregon small businesses to discuss regulatory burdens facing business owners on reservations.

Clean Energy Policies Discussed In D.C. During National Clean Energy Week

Assistant Chief Counsel Prianka Sharma brought the small business perspective to discussions on energy and natural resource policies. 

Small Food Entrepreneurs Acquire Skills at Rutgers Food Innovation Boot Camp

Region 2 Advocate Christine Myers attended a conference hosted by Rutgers University to learn about the challenges facing small business in the food industry.

Recent Publications

Small Business Economic Bulletin

The Office of Advocacy’s October Small Business Economic Bulletin illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of the current small business economy. Positive trends for small business include self-employment increases, income gains, and job creation continues but loan demand is waning.

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Need Help With Regulatory Issues?

There are two main ways you can connect with Advocacy and share your concerns about regulatory burdens on small businesses: 1) Fill Out This Form and share it with your small business colleagues. 2) Talk To Your Regional Advocate about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing


Q: What is the status of business startups?

A: The size of startups has fluctuated over the past decade. In 2016, startup employment averaged 5.9 employees per firm.

Q: What percent of firms are franchises?

A:Overall, 2.9% of firms are franchises. More specifically, 2.3% of nonemployer firms are franchises, as are 5.3% of small employers and 9.6% of large employers.

Q: What is the new business survival rate?

A: Four out of five establishments that started in 2017 survived until 2018 (79.4%).

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Want to Learn More?

The Office of Advocacy’s publication, “Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business,” has been updated with the latest government statistics. View more Small Business FAQ's by clicking here.