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EPA’s Proposed Revisions to the Risk Management Program Rule

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:24pm

On May 30, 2018, EPA published proposed changes to its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule that was issued on January 13, 2017.  The proposed rule rescinds requirements related to safer technology and alternative analyses, third-party audits, incident investigations, and information availability. In addition, the agency proposes modifications to the requirements for the local emergency coordination and emergency exercises that provide flexibility in complying with the provisions.

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DHS and DOL Publish Rules Adding 15,000 Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2018

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 4:09pm

The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This increase is based on a time-limited statutory authority and does not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years. The Departments are promulgating regulations to implement this determination.

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DHS Publishes Rule Removing International Entrepreneur Program

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 3:54pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to remove its regulations pertaining to the international entrepreneur program, which would have allowed start-up entities to use an immigration program called parole to gain temporary entry in the United States.  Pursuant to Executive Order 13767 which sought review of all DHS parole programs, the agency determined that this program is not the appropriate vehicle for attracting and retaining international entrepreneurs and does not adequately protect U.S. investors and U.S.

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Jacksonville, FL

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:03pm

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Jacksonville, FL

 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 7, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Jacksonville, Fla. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the JAX Chamber, 3 Independent Dr.

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Oviedo, FL

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:01pm

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Oviedo, FL

                      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 6, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Oviedo-Winter Springs, Fla. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Oviedo Amphitheater and Cultural Center, 357 Center Lake Lane.   

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Oviedo, FL

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:01pm

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Oviedo, FL

                      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 6, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Oviedo-Winter Springs, Fla. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City of Oviedo Amphitheater and Cultural Center, 357 Center Lake Lane.   

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Tampa/Brandon, FL

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:59am

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Tampa/Brandon, FL

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 5, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Brandon, Fla. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Tampa-Brandon Hotel, 10221 Princess Palm Ave.   

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:41am

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 3, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Santa Clarita, Calif. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT at the Small Business Development Center – College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.  

 

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USDA Seeks Comments on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 4:11pm

On May 4, 2018 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed a rule to establish a national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard. The proposed rule would require food manufacturers and all other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and ingredient content. The rule provides a uniform standard for disclosure. The Agency states that the proposed rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and is seeking public comments.

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U.S. Trade Representative Seeks Public Comment and Holds Hearing on China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:21pm

The U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed determination on appropriate action in response to these acts, policies, and practices.

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International Trade Administration Seeks Information for a Strategy to Address Policy Impacting ICT Industry

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:14pm

The International Trade Administration is seeking information to support the development of a comprehensive strategy to address trade-related forced localization policies, practices, and measures impacting the U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) hardware manufacturing industry. Comments will be used to support the development of a holistic strategic plan for counteracting and deterring the expansion of barriers to trade and trade-related measures put in place by U.S.

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EPA Provides Supplemental Analysis of Alternative Small Business Size Standard Definitions for TSCA User Fees and Extends the Comment Period for the TSCA User Fees Rule

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 1:37pm

On April 24, 2018, EPA announced its release of a supplemental analysis and an extension of the public comment period for its User Fees proposed rule.  The proposed rule to collect user fees for the administration of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) was published on February 26, 2018.  EPA’s proposal included a small business size standard to qualify a user for a reduced fee amount.

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DOI Seeks Comments on Coastal Plains Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:13pm

On April 20, 2018 the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management published a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal Plains Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska. The EIS will inform BLM’s implementation of the program including which areas to offer for sale and terms and conditions.

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Small Businesses Drive Job Growth in the U.S.

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:40am

 

Small Businesses Drive Job Growth in the U.S.

Account for 1.9  Million Net New Jobs, Latest Data Shows

 

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DOE Seeks Comments on Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 2:05pm

On April 24, 2018 the Department of Energy published a request for comment on a petition for rulemaking to define a new product class for residential dishwashers. On March 21, 2018, the Department received a petition from Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), asking the Agency to initiate a rulemaking for a new product class for residential dishwashers with a cycle time of less than one hour from washing through drying. The Agency seeks information on the comments and information provided in the petition.  Comments are due by June 25, 2018.

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:23am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Santa Clarita, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 3, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Santa Clarita, Calif. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT at the Small Business Development Center – College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.  

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for National Small Business Week in Sacramento, CA

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:16am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for National Small Business Week in Sacramento, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 2, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Sacramento, Calif. The roundtable is an official event of SBA’s National Small Business Week in Sacramento. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PDT at the SAFE Credit Union – Corporate Headquarters, 2295 Iron Point Rd., Ste. 100.

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Modesto, CA

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 9:07am

 

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Business in Modesto, CA

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, April 30, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable for small business owners in Modesto, Calif. The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT at the DoubleTree Modesto, 1150 Ninth St. U.S. Representative Jeff Denham will be in attendance.

 

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2018 Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 3:12pm

COMING SOON

The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles are an annual analysis of each state’s small business activities. Each profile gathers the latest information from key federal data-gathering agencies to provide a snapshot of small business health and economic activity. This year’s profiles report on state economic growth and employment; small business employment, industry composition, and turnover; plus business owner demographics and county-level employment change. 

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Advocacy Appoints Thomas J. Rossomando to Serve as Advocate for Manufacturing and Technology

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:47am

 

Advocacy Appoints Thomas J. Rossomando to Serve as Advocate for Manufacturing and Technology

 

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