NFIB/Arizona members welcomed the new Region IX U.S. Small Business Advocate at its monthly Small Business Forum on Wednesday, June 14th. Philip Lovas, a former Arizona state representative, discussed his recent appointment and the refreshed commitment of the federal Small Business Administration to rolling back burdensome regulations.
Toward that end, Mr. Lovas announced the Phoenix, Arizona leg of the SBA’s ongoing Advocacy Regulatory Roundtable series which recently completed a successful event in Louisiana. Future roundtable events are scheduled for Idaho in July, Ohio in August, Missouri in September, and Arizona’s in November. Details of the Phoenix event are to be announced.
These hearing-style forums are typically attended by 10 to 50 small business owners, representatives of small business trade associations and federal agency representatives. A major basis for determining which topics are discussed and therefore which agency representatives to have in attendance come from directly from the in-state comments given to the SBA through its online “Small Business Regulatory Input” page (https://www.sba.gov/advocacy/regulatory-reform-input/). Topics covered in past roundtables include environmental regulations, occupational safety and health regulations, tax issues, Dodd-Frank (CFPB), patent reform, employee benefits telecommunications issues, federal contracting issues and regulations.
To help program the Arizona roundtable’s agenda, NFIB/Arizona members are encouraged to visit the SBA’s website and provide their suggestions on regulations that should be reviewed or considered for repeal.