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The 2009 edition of The Small Business Economy reviews the economic environment and, to the extent that data are available, how small firms fared in the recessionary economy and financial markets of 2008. Appendices provide additional data about small businesses along with summaries of 2008 small business research from the Office of Advocacy.

To read the entire document, please refer to the below attachments.

Via Electronic Mail

January 22, 2009

Mr. Alexander Cristofaro (MC-1804A)
Small Business Advocacy Chair
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

Subject: SBAR Panel for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers

Dear Mr. Cristofaro:

The following is a newsletter from the Office of Advocacy for July 2009. The key topics discussed in the newsletter are:

Message from the Acting Chief Counsel

  • When We All Work Together, Good Things Happen

Regulatory News

  • Small Business Review Panel on Diacetyl Exposure

  • Proposed Critical Habitat for the California Red-Legged Frog

  • Advocacy Officials Get High Tech Education

Legislative News

P.L. 104-121, March 29, 1996
(As Amended by P.L. 110-28, May 25, 2007)



This title may be cited as the "Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996".


Congress finds that--

(1) a vibrant and growing small business sector is critical to creating jobs in a dynamic economy;

(2) small businesses bear a disproportionate share of regulatory costs and burdens;

Kathryn Kobe, Economic Consulting Services, LLC; Washington, D.C. 20036
2009. 65 pages. Under contract no. SBAHQ-06-M-0477.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Workers in small firms with fewer than 100 employees are much less likely than larger businesses to have a retirement plan available to them, according to a study released today by the Office of Advocacy. A related working paper analyzes the retirement savings behavior of business owners, and finds that retirement account ownership, contribution, and participation rates for all business owners are low; this is especially true of micro-business owners.

Any surety company certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue bonds may apply for participation in the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program, which consists of the Preferred Program or the Prior Approval Program.

Annual Report of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy on Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their regulatory actions on small businesses and other small entities and to minimize any undue disproportionate burden. The chief counsel for advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is charged with monitoring federal agencies' compliance with the act and with submitting an annual report to Congress.

You may believe that the size determination on your government procurement or sale is incorrect.

Perhaps someone else has forwarded a size protest to you.

Whatever the source, a size protest is a serious matter. And recourse is available. As the contracting officer, you may protest the size, and file the size protest with the SBA Government Contracting Area Office of the area where the small business concern is located.


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