SBA to Host National Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Hearing in Washington, D.C.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Release Number: 

WASHINGTON - 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, Stefanie Wehagen, to discuss federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses on Monday, August 19, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. EDT.

This event will give the small business community a chance to voice their concerns about unfair regulatory enforcement, excessive fines, retaliation, and other regulatory burdens imposed on small businesses by federal agencies. In addition, small businesses will have an opportunity to learn more about the range of resources available from the SBA and the Office of the National Ombudsman.

“President Trump and the SBA are committed to ensuring small businesses – the engine of our prospering American economy - have a voice in Washington. If you feel your venture has experienced unfair or excessive regulatory compliance or enforcement actions, such as repetitive audits, excessive fines, retaliation by federal agencies or other adverse actions, I urge you to participate in this forum or contact the SBA National Ombudsman to make your voice heard,” said SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger who oversees the federal agency’s operations in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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

“Small businesses employ one out of every two Americans and are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs since the recession,” said SBA New York District Director, Beth Goldberg. “It’s important for small business owners to share their issues with the office of the National Ombudsman because what’s good for small business is good for everybody.”


WHAT: National Regulatory Fairness Hearing for Small Business

WHERE: U.S. Small Business Administration
409 Third Street SW
Concourse level, Eisenhower Halls A/B
Washington, D.C., 20024

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
1-4 p.m. EDT


The Washington small business hearing is free and open to the public. Valid government-issued ID is required to gain access to the building. To attend the hearing please RSVP by Aug.12, 2019 to

Testimony may also be submitted in writing, in lieu of attending the hearing in person. The deadline to register and provide written testimony in advance is Monday, Aug. 5. Please email your written testimony to John Kelly at

For further information, or if reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities are needed please contact John Kelly at by Aug. 12, 2019.

For more information about the SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman, visit




About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit