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2020 Small Business Profiles for the Congressional Districts

Advocacy’s Profiles for Congressional Districts provide a snapshot of small business activity at the Congressional District level. Each profile contains information on how small businesses contribute to each district, including total business numbers, industry breakouts, and employment data.

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Advocacy Files Comment Letter with CFPB

On July 31, Advocacy submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding a supplemental proposed rule on Debt Collection (Regulation F). The rule would require debt collectors to make disclosures when collecting certain debts. Advocacy encourages CFPB to consider the impact the rule would have on small entities.


Advocacy Submits Comment Letter to EPA

On July 31, Advocacy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on a proposed rule titled “Increasing Consistency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process.” Advocacy encourages EPA to consider the disproportionate impact the rule would have on small entities. 


Regulatory Updates

DC Court Enjoins FDA From Enforcing Premarket Review Process on Premium Cigars

On August 19, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined the Food and Drug Administration from enforcing its premarket review process on premium cigars. Advocacy has worked to limit the impact the premarket review process would have on small businesses.

IRS Proposes Amendments to Small Business Taxpayer Exceptions Under Sections 263A, 448, 460, And 471 Pursuant To TCJA

The Internal Revenue Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking implementing legislative changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that simplified small business tax accounting under Sections 263A, 448, 460, and 471. Comments due September 14, 2020.

USDA Seeks Comments on Strengthening Organic Enforcement Within the National Organic Program

The Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service seeks input from small businesses on a proposed rule to strengthen enforcement of production, handling, and sale of organic products. Comments due October 5, 2020.

More Regulatory Updates

FWS And NMFS Seek Comment on Updates to The Definition Of “Habitat” in Designating Critical Habitat

The Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Services and Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service seek comments on a rule to revise the definition of “habitat” with respect to critical habitat designations. Comments due September 4, 2020.

NPS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule to Revise Concessions Contracts Regulations for Commercial Visitor Services

The National Park Service seeks comments on a proposal to revise regulations governing concessions contracts for commercial visitor services. Comments due September 18, 2020.

COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Small Businesses in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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.