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Small Business Facts: Small Business Job Creation

Since summer 2020, small businesses have gained 5.5 million jobs, making up 60 percent of the decline during the COVID-19 recession. Small businesses have generated 12.9 million net new jobs over the past 25 years.

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Family Fishers Fight for Their Community and Way of Life

Advocacy staff recently talked to Monique Cooms, Director of Community Programs for the Maine Coast Fishing Association, about how regulatory issues impact Maine fishermen and their communities.

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Small Business Facts: Small Business Hiring Needs

New Census data indicates that small businesses are badly hurt by the tightening labor market. In March 2022, over 40 percent of businesses needed additional labor. At the end of 2021, there were over 3 million job openings in small businesses.

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Advocacy Blogs

Interior “Equity Action Plan” Addresses Small Business Concerns

On April 14, 2022, the Department of Interior published an Equity Action Plan, which outlines its efforts to remove barriers to access in agency programs. Thanks to efforts by Advocacy, several small business concerns were addressed in the report.

PFAS is Just One Piece of the Puzzle for Small Public Water Systems

Advocacy staff recently visited the Maury Service Authority, a water system in rural Virginia, to learn more about how a new EPA rule to establish regulations surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances might impact small entities.

Regulatory Alerts

EPA Proposes a Reporting Rule for Asbestos Under Section 8(A) of the Toxic Substance Control Act

On May 6, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency published proposed reporting and recordkeeping requirements for asbestos under the Toxic Substance Control Act. Comments due July 5.

APHIS Extends Comment Period on Proposal to Establish Animal Welfare Standards for Birds Not Bred for Research

The Animal, Plant, and Health Inspection Service has extended a deadline for comments related to proposed rules surrounding animal welfare standards for birds not bred for use in research. The new deadline is May 25.

White House Office Seeks Input on Defining and Supporting Sustainable Chemistry

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeks comments on a Request for Information on supporting sustainable chemistry. Comments are due June 3.

Letters to Agencies

Advocacy Comments on BOEM’s Environmental Assessment for the Morro Bay Offshore Wind Energy Area

On April 6, 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management published a draft environmental assessment for the Morro Bay Offshore Wind Energy Area. On May 16, 2022, Advocacy filed a comment letter encouraging BOEM to conduct a regulatory flexibility act analysis.

Advocacy Comments on NAS Energy Efficiency Rulemaking Report

On May 13, 2022, Advocacy filed a public comment letter requesting the Department of Energy reopen the public comment period on the 2021 Process Rule and related rulemaking. A recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on energy efficiency standards justifies giving the public another opportunity to comment.

Advocacy Comments on SEC’s Proposed Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance, and Incident Disclosure

On May 6, 2022, the Office of Advocacy filed a comment letter encouraging the SEC to publish a Supplemental Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis on new rules impacting cybersecurity disclosures and risk management.

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SEC Extends Comment Period on Proposed Climate Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has extended the public comment period for a series of rules on climate disclosure to allow more time to review the proposal. The new deadline is June 17.

FDA Announces Proposed Menthol Cigarette and Flavored Cigar Bans

On May 4, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed rules that would ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Comments due July 5.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

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

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1) Contact Advocacy Staff about the regulatory issues your small business is experiencing.

 

2) 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.