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COVID 19 Resources for Small Business

SBA Offers Disaster Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.


IRS Issues COVID-19 Tax Relief; Delays Filing and Payment Due Date 

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. 


DOL Seeks Input on Sick and Family Leave for Employees Affected by COVID-19

The Department of Labor is hosting an online dialogue for employers and employees to offer their perspective as the agency develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies for implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Deadline: Mar. 29, 2020.


Regulatory Updates

EPA Extends Comment Period for Preliminary Listing of Manufacturers Under TSCA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a 60-day comment period extension for preliminary lists to identify manufactures that may be subject to fees under the Toxic Substance Control Act Comment deadline: May 27, 2020.

IRS Proposes Changes to Meals and Entertainment Expenses Under TCJA

The Internal Revenue Service published a proposed rule to provide guidance to taxpayers about the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's changes to meals and entertainment expenses under section 274 of the Internal Revenue Code. Comment deadline: Apr. 13, 2020.

EPA Seeks Comments on Amendments to CCR Disposal Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to amend regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities. Comment deadline: Apr. 17, 2020.

EPA Publishes Supplemental Proposal For LCPFAC Substances

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a supplemental proposal to a previously proposed significant new use rule for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate chemical substances. Comment deadline: Apr. 17, 2020.

EPA Proposes Federal Combustion Residuals Permit Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to establish a federal coal combustion residuals permit program, as required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Comment deadline: Apr. 20, 2020.

USDA Seeks Input on Updating Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting public comment and relevant information to update the guidelines for quantifying greenhouse gas sources from the agriculture and forestry sectors. Comment deadline: Apr. 20, 2020.

DOI Seeks Comments on 2020-2021 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule to establish the 2020-2021 hunting regulations for migratory game birds. Comment deadline: Apr. 20, 2020.

Forest Service Seeks Input on Revisions to Implement the Small Tracts Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service is seeking comments on a proposed rule to revise the regulations implementing the Small Tracts Act. Comment deadline: Apr. 27, 2020.

Around the Country

Advocacy Visits Houma, Louisiana

On March 6, Region 6 Advocate Rhett Davis visited Houma, Louisiana to participate in a small business regulatory forum. Local business owners shared concerns about the National Flood Insurance Program, lack of regulation in certain industries,and SBA loans.

Hemp: A Possible Blooming Bud for America's Small Farms

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized growing hemp and instructed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a domestic hemp production program. As the rule was being written, Advocacy traveled across the country to hear from small farmers about how the rule could impact their ability to grow hemp.

Economic Research

Advocacy Releases Report on Women Business Owners, Industry Concentration, And Family Composition

When starting businesses, women tend toward industries related to domestic service and men lean toward construction and repair-related industries.  Researchers examined personal factors such as children in the home to evaluate potential reasons for differing industry distributions. Read more here. 

More Regulatory Updates

DOI Requests Comments on Revisions to Critical Habitat for Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments on a proposed rule to revise the critical habitat distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo. Comment deadline: Apr. 27, 2020.

EPA Publishes Draft Risk Evaluation For Trichloroethylene

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a draft risk evaluation for trichloroethylene under the Toxic Substance Control Act. Comment deadline: Apr. 27, 2020.

EPA Publishes Preliminary Determinations to Regulate Contaminants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published preliminary regulatory determinations for eight contaminants listed on its fourth Contaminant Candidate List under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Comment deadline: May 11, 2020.

OSHA Materials for Upcoming Panel on Tree Care Operations Now Public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made the materials for the upcoming Small Business Advocacy Review panel on tree care operations available. OSHA has also scheduled teleconferences for small entities to discuss the possible rulemaking for April 7, 8, 16, and 20.

Need Help With Regulatory Issues?


There are three main ways you can connect with Advocacy and share your concerns about regulatory burdens on small businesses:


1) Fill Out This Form, share it with your small business colleagues, and submit to Advocacy.

2) Talk to Your Regional Advocate about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing.

3) Check Out Advocacy's Publication, "A Basic Guide to Federal Rulemaking and Small Business" to learn how small business can get involved in the federal rulemaking process.

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