SBA Regulatory Reform Action Plan

Date: July 25, 2017

Office of Advocacy Seeks Small Business Input On Burdensome Regulations

The Small Business Administration (SBA) 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.

President Trump has made regulatory reform a center piece of his agenda and recently signed two executive orders addressing the regulatory burden faced by the private sector.   Advocacy has a unique and important role to aid agency implementation of the Executive Orders. To assist in accomplishing the goals of the Executive Orders, we have developed a Regulatory Reform Action Plan.

As part of this plan, the SBA Office of Advocacy is hosting Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtables across the country to hear directly from small businesses about what regulations concern them the most.

On Tuesday, August 1 in Cincinnati at the Hyatt Regency, the office will host a roundtable discussion from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency.  More information on this event can be found here:

They will be in Cleveland at the Hilton Downtown, on Thursday, August 3 beginning at 9:00 am at the Hilton Downtown.  More information on this event can be found here:

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

  1. Identify regional small business regulatory issues 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.


For this Regulatory Reform effort to be successful, they 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.

The SBA Office of Advocacy also has established an online form for small businesses that may not be able to attend, but have regulatory issues they’d like to tell them about:

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