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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ngozi Bell is the new Office of Advocacy, Regional Advocate for the federal government’s Region III, covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She will be the direct link between small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, small business associations, and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a news release issued January 23 by the Office of Advocacy, the percentage of the state’s workforce employed by small business was incorrect. The following table details the correct percentage for each state. This number replaces the percentage quoted in the first paragraph.


Share of Workforce Employed by Small Businesses (Corrected)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two new regulations have been added to the Office of Advocacy’s Top 10 Rules for Review and Reform. The new rules replace those that agencies already have reviewed and reformed, and they round out the Regulatory Review and Reform (r3) initiative’s 2009 Top 10. The two new rules address federal government procurement requirements for small business and duplicative background checks for commercial truck drivers.

Current Status*

18 States and 1 Territory have active regulatory flexibility statutes:

  • Arizona

  • Indiana

  • North Dakota

  • South Carolina

  • Colorado

  • Maine

  • Oklahoma

  • Tennessee

  • Connecticut

  • Missouri

  • Oregon

  • Virginia

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Nevada

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) was signed by President Clinton on March 29, 1996. The law provides new avenues for small businesses to participate in and have access to the federal regulatory arena. The SBREFA gives small businesses:

  • more influence over the development of regulations;

  • additional compliance assistance for Federal rules; and

  • new mechanisms for addressing enforcement actions by agencies.

The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) requires that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) receive input from affected small businesses before proposed rules are published. This requirement is in addition to the other mandates of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Self-Employed Women and Time Use
Tami Gurley-Calvez, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506
Katherine Harper, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996
Amelia Biehl, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI 48502
2008. [50] pages. Under contract SBAHQ-07-M-0409

Full Report

Research Summary

July 2009                                 No. 349            

High-tech Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the United States
by David M. Hart, Zoltan J. Acs, and Spencer L. Tracy, Jr.
Corporate Research Board, LLC Washington, DC 200022009 [85] pages.
Under contract number SBAHQ-07-M-0455
Survey: OMB Control Number 3245-0364

The attached file below is an Office of Advocacy Working Paper by Ying Lowery. Preliminary Survey of Business Owner tracking data on the dynamics of employer establishments—rates of establishment death, expansion, and contraction and net job change—are available now for 2002-2003. The data are displayed by size of business and by the gender, Hispanic or Latino origin, and race of the owner, as well as by industry and state. Subsequent editions will include data for the 2002-2004, 2002-2005, and 2002-2006 periods.

Small Business Retirement Plan Availability
and Worker Participation
Kathryn Kobe, Economic Consulting Services, LLC; Washington, D.C. 20036
2009. 65 pages. Under contract no. SBAHQ-06-M-0477.

This report was developed under a contract with the Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, and contains information and analysis that was reviewed and edited by officials of the Office of Advocacy. However, the final conclusions of the report do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Advocacy.


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