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SBA National Ombudsman to Host Small Business Forum in Oakland

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Release Number: 
SFDO 14-04
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Marlow Schindler, 415-744-6771, marlow.schindler@sba.gov

SAN FRANCISCO—Small business owners, representatives of local economic development organizations, trade groups and community leaders are invited to join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Ombudsman Brian Castro to discuss federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses on Friday, Feb. 21 in Oakland.

The forum will be held at the Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, Regatta II Room, Oakland, 94607, beginning at 10 a.m. This event will give the local business community a chance to voice concerns about unfair regulatory enforcement, excessive fines, retaliation, burdensome regulations and other regulatory issues involving federal agencies.

“Too often small business owners can face an uneven playing field because of regulations that were written with major corporations in mind,” said SBA National Ombudsman Brian Castro. “We are firmly committed to providing a receptive forum and a responsive, impartial process for small businesses to voice concerns about enforcement of federal regulations, especially those that create barriers to small business longevity and growth.”

Comments and concerns raised at the regulatory fairness forum will be directed to the appropriate federal agency for a fairness review in an effort to reduce undue regulatory burdens, while helping small businesses succeed.

This event is also an opportunity for the small business community to come away with a better understanding of the resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs through the Office of the National Ombudsman.  

The Oakland small business forum is open to the public. Those interested in attending may contact José Méndez at the Office of the National Ombudsman at jose.mendez@sba.gov, or by phone at (202) 205-6178 before the meeting.  To learn more about the Office of the National Ombudsman, visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman.

The Office of the National Ombudsman was created by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA). The act established 10 Regional Regulatory Fairness Boards, served by 50 small business owners from across the country. Paul Wright, a member of the Regional Regulatory Fairness Board for SBA’s Region 9, will participate in the forum. 

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