June Small Business Advocate

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2020 State Small Business Profiles Released

Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles are an annual portrait of each state’s small businesses. Each profile includes up-to-date economic data about U.S. states and territories.

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Restaurants and Bars Staggered by Pandemic 

This Advocacy fact sheet examines employment in the leisure and hospitality industry group, which was hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small Business Employment Plummets

Advocacy's small business fact sheet examines the impact of COVID-19 on small business employment. Small businesses saw a 17.8% drop in overall employment.

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Regulatory Alerts

EPA’s Proposed Revisions To Its Dust-Lead Post-Abatement Clearance Levels

The Environmental Protection Agency published a proposal to lower its current dust-lead clearance levels and is seeking public comment. Comment deadline: August 24, 2020.

BLM Seeks Comments on Forest Management Decisions and The Administration of the Timber Sale Process

The Bureau of Land Management seeks comments on a rule that would eliminate the protest process after a forest management decision is issued. Comment deadline: August 7, 2020.

DOE Seeks Comments and Information on Research Needs for Offshore Wind Energy Developments in U.S. Waters

The Department of Energy issued a request for information on research related to the impact of offshore wind energy development and monitoring and mitigating technologies. Comment deadline: July 7, 2020.

DOE Seeks Comments on Reviews of Energy Conservation Standards

The Department of Energy seeks comments on several rules related to energy conservation standards. Comment deadlines range from July 6, 2020 to August 10, 2020.

Internal Revenue Service Proposes Updates to Withholding on Certain Periodic Retirement and Annuity Payments Under Section 3405(A) Pursuant To TCJA

The IRS has proposed a rule that provides guidance to taxpayers about the default withholding rate for certain periodic retirement and annuity payments after December 31, 2020. Comment deadline: July 27, 2020.

International Trade News

Significant Cost Reduction of User Fees and Services for Small Business Exporters Through September 30, 2020

On June 4, 2020, the Department of Commerce announced that it was temporarily reducing or eliminating the costs of several of their export services, providing relief to U.S. businesses affected by COVID-19.

Letters to Agencies

Advocacy Submits Comments on EPA’s Economic Guidelines for the Consideration of the Science Advisory Board Review Panel

On June 5, Advocacy submitted a letter to EPA on the Science Advisory Board Peer Review of EPA’s Draft Guidelines for the Preparing Economic Analyses. Advocacy encouraged the panel to pay special attention to recommendations in the Guidelines on Regulatory Flexibility Act compliance as well as small business impacts.

Advocacy Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposed Industrial Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit

On June 1, Advocacy submitted a letter to EPA on the 2020 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity. Advocacy encouraged EPA to fully comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act by evaluating the economic impact on small businesses.

Coronavirus News

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Advocacy continues to gather resources from across the federal government to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to monitor this page for updates about federal resources and information.

Staff Highlights

Assistant Chief Counsel Prianka Sharma Wins Award

On June 17, Assistant Chief Counsel Prianka Sharma, along with other Co-Chairs of the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, received an award from Women in Government Relations as the best task force of the year for their work organizing panels, meetings, and events relevant to small business owners.

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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:

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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.