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Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, Updated for 2020

The FAQ About Small Businesses is the best place to find up-to-date facts about the number of small businesses, their share of net new jobs, and their overall contribution to the economy.

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“What’s New With Small Business” Infographic Updated for 2020

A companion piece to Advocacy’s FAQ about small businesses, the “What’s New With Small Business” infographic highlights a dozen of the most important small business statistics.


Advocacy Comments on USDA’s Domestic Hemp Rule

On October 8, Advocacy submitted a comment letter to the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA expressing concern over the impact its new hemp rule will have on small businesses.


Regulatory Corner

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Comments on Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a rule creating a nationwide permit system for activities that have minimal impact on American water environments. Comment deadline: November 16, 2020.

USDA Seeks Comments on a Request for Information Collection on Domestic Hemp Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service seeks comments on a proposed study of American hemp production. Comment deadline: December 15, 2020.

DOL And DHS Release Rules Increasing Wages and Adding Restrictions to H-1B Visa Program

The U.S. Department of Labor seeks comments on a rule increasing the wages for non-immigrant employees hired using H-1B visas. Comment deadline: November 9, 2020.

Letters to Agencies

Advocacy Submits Comments on the Vaping Industry’s FDA Citizen Petition

On October 13, Advocacy submitted a comment letter to the Food and Drug Administration supporting small businesses concerned about regulations impacting the vaping industry.

More Regulatory Alerts

DOD Issues Interim Final Rule Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements

The Department of Defense has issued a rule assessing contractor cybersecurity procedures designed to strengthen protection of classified materials. Comment deadline: November 30, 2020.



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.