Regulatory Reform Roundtable for Small Businesses in Houston and San Antonio

Date: February 23, 2018

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The Office of Advocacy will be hosting two roundtable discussions in Texas on federal regulatory issues impacting your small business. The San Antonio roundtable will take place at UTSA Downtown Campus in the Durango Building on Cesar Chavez Blvd. beginning at 8:30am on March 19. The Houston roundtable will take place at the Marriott West Loop by the Galleria on West Loop Freeway beginning at 8:30am on March 20.

“The Office of Advocacy plays a crucial role in supporting our nation’s small businesses,” said Major L. Clark III, Acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. “Holding these regional roundtables to hear concerns directly from small business owners is a key component in our efforts to help lessen the heavy regulatory burden on small business.”

President Trump made regulatory reform a center piece of his agenda and signed two executive orders addressing the regulatory burden faced by the private sector. As the independent voice for small business within the federal government, The Office of Advocacy has a unique and important role to aid agency implementation of the new executive orders. To assist in accomplishing the goals of the executive orders, the agency developed the Regulatory Reform Action Plan.

The purpose of Advocacy’s Regional Regulatory Roundtables is to:

  1. Identify regional small business regulatory issues in order to assist agencies with regulatory reform and reduction in compliance with Executive Orders 13771 & 13777;
  2. Compile crucial information for Advocacy’s new report on existing small business regulatory burdens across the nation, identifying specific recommendations for regulatory changes based upon first-hand accounts from small businesses across the country; and
  3. Inform and educate the small business public as to how Advocacy and SBA can assist them with their small business goals.

In order for this Regulatory Reform effort to be successful, we need small business participation.

This will be an opportunity for small business leaders to educate Advocacy and federal agencies through first-hand accounts of how they are impacted by federal regulations. The information gathered at these roundtables will be utilized to inform agencies, congress and the public on what specific regulations can be modified or removed to help small businesses.

Registration for this event is free. The SBA Office of Advocacy is asking for small business to complete the registration form below for them to be prepared to discuss various regulatory issues. If you are unable to attend but would still like to provide the agency with federal regulatory small business concerns, please fill out the form.

The Office of Advocacy is an independent office housed in the SBA that serves as an independent voice for small business within the federal government, the watchdog for the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and the source of small business statistics. Advocacy advances the views and concerns of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers.

The agenda will be created based upon registrations. All small businesses are welcome to attend for as little or as long as their schedule will permit. Small businesses do not need to attend all day, Advocacy staff and Federal Agency staff will be in attendance to hear your comments and concerns.

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