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Reducing Barriers and Improving Government Regulation

By Marie Johns, Former Deputy Administrator
Published: May 26, 2011 Updated: May 26, 2011

Official Portrait of Deputy Administrator Marie JohnsAt SBA, we are committed to improving the regulatory environment and making it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs. This spring, the Startup America initiative went on the road to hold a series of Reducing Barriers roundtables. Top SBA and Obama administration officials heard directly from entrepreneurs and small business owners about how we can remove barriers to growth, at SBA and throughout the government.

At the same time, President Obama has called for a government-wide review of rules and regulations to look at ways we can cut costs and reduce burdens for businesses and consumers. In keeping with the President’s executive order, SBA took a good look at how we can improve the rules on our books.

Many of the opportunities for improvement that we identified were similar to suggestions that came up during the Startup America: Reducing Barriers roundtables. Here are a few of those ideas we are taking a look at that came up in both the roundtables and our look-back:

  • A one-stop-shop online for the SBIR program.
  • A uniform certification process for SBA contracting programs, such as 8(a), HUBZone, and the Women-Owned Small Business program.
  • An online portal to better distribute materials and literature out to our field offices and resource partners.

These are just a few of the ways in which we are committed to streamlining our programs and reducing barriers for small businesses. They show how we can be good stewards of taxpayer dollars while making it easier and more cost effective for small businesses to get the tools they need. I’m excited to do more on this initiative in the weeks and months ahead.

For more information on our plan, and others throughout the administration, please visit www.whitehouse.gov/regulatoryreform.

About the Author:

Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator

Marie Johns is a former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Comments:

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President Obama is doing a great thing with Startup America to help rebuild the country. If people can’t find jobs, they can start a business or be an entrepreneur. This small business might wind up growing and hiring other people. Even if it remains a very small business, it provides work and job satisfaction to the person who started it. We will only start to prosper when people begin to create new enterprises.http://www.frontlinecom.co.uk/

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