September Small Business Advocate

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Small Business Lending In the United States

Advocacy’s 2019 small business lending report provides a comprehensive look at the pre-COVID lending market. Between June 2017 and June 2019, small business lending remained positive, though below the increase in lending to large businesses.

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Some States May Tax Forgiven PPP Loan Proceeds

Advocacy Assistant Chief Counsel Charles Jeane writes about the Paycheck Protection Program and regulations that might allow states to tax forgiven PPP loans. Businesses in twenty-nine states may face taxes on forgiven PPP loans thanks to local tax law.


Black Business Owners Hit Hard By Pandemic

An Advocacy Small Business fact sheet delves into the impact COVID-19 has had on black-owned small business. The decline in black business has been three times that of other owners, showing the disproportionate impact of the virus on the black community.


Regulatory Corner

FDA Announces FSMA Food Traceability Proposed Rule

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule to establish new recordkeeping requirements for food tracing. Comments due January 23, 2021.

DHS Publishes Notice to Amend Regulations Concerning Collection and Use of Biometrics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The Department of Homeland Security seeks comment on a rule requiring biometrics collection from those associated with an immigration request. Comments due October 13, 2020.

IRS Seeks Comments on Disabled Access Credit

The Internal Revenue Service seeks comment on the Disabled Access Credit. The IRS is interested in the information collection procedures related to the credit. Comments due November 9, 2020.

USDA Reopens Comment Period on Interim Final Rule to Establish A Domestic Hemp Production Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reopened comments on an interim final rule to establish a domestic hemp program in the United States. Comments due October 8, 2020.

FAR Council Publishes Interim Rule Prohibiting Contracts with Entities Using Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

On August 27, 2020, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a second interim rule prohibiting the use of certain telecommunications equipment or services. The rule is effective October 26, 2020.

Around the Country

A Silver Lining In Unprecedented Times

Rural Affairs Advocate Joe Knilans checks in from Wisconsin, where the Paycheck Protection Program helped one small business stay afloat and expand during the pandemic.

Letters to Agencies

Advocacy Comments on FWS and NMFS’ Proposed Rule to Define “Habitat” in Critical Habitat Designations

Advocacy submitted a comment letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service which provided recommendations on a recent proposed rule to define “habitat” for regulations that implement the Endangered Species Act.

More Regulatory News

Bureau of Industry and Security Seeks Help in Defining the Term “Foundational Technologies”

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security seeks industry input on the definition of “foundational technologies” as it relates to the Export Control Reform Act. Comments due October 26, 2020.

USDA Announces Virtual Public Meeting to Receive Input on Development of Animal Welfare Standards for Birds

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service announced three public meetings on animal welfare standards for non-research birds. The meetings will be held on September 29, 2020; October 7, 2020; and October 15, 2020.

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.