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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:56pm

                                          The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businesses. The new and improved state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

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6/24/2014 - Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 1:32pm
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The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) offers the following comment to the Department of Labor (DOL) to  respectfully request that the department extend the comment period for the proposed rule, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors. This rule, which implements Executive Order 13658, increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015. 

 

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DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:35pm

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) c

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6/11/14- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:44pm

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June 11, 2014

 

 

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION

 

 

The Honorable Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

Commissioner

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

10903 New Hampshire Avenue

Room 2217

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:12pm

The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small businessesThe new and improved state profiles include information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

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DOL Releases Proposed Rule Increasing Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:46am
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On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015, and beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor.  This applies to new contracts, contract-like instruments, and solicitations including (1) procurement contracts for services or construction; (2) contracts for services covered under the Service Contract Act; (3) concessions contracts; (4) contracts entered into with the Federal Government in connection with Federal property or lands and related to offering services for Federal employees, their dependents, or the general public; and (5) the wages of workers governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act.  

On June 17, 2014, the Department of Labor released a proposed rule implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their work

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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 8:48am
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Advocacy Releases Small Business Profiles for All the States and Territories

The U.S. is home to 28 million small businesses.

 

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6/11/14- Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:10pm
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The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) offers the following comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the above-referenced proposed rule issued on April 24, 2014. The FDA issued the proposed rule to implement provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 (Tobacco Control Act).  Since the passage of the Tobacco Control Act, small businesses that manufacture or market tobacco products have been in contact with Advocacy in anticipation of this rulemaking. 

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Defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA)

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:58pm
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have extended the comment period for the proposed a rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This proposal would set forth several categories of waters to be included in the definition as well as establish waters that are subject to the act.  The new deadline for comments is October 20, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S.

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Requests For Quotations

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:34am
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The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically funds small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs). Areas of continuing interest are listed below and have been chosen because they are researchable, show the status or role of small businesses, can be a catalyst for further research, or may provide policymaking insight. The proposal solicitations and synopses are listed on FedBizOpps (if the below link is not active, go to www.fedbizopps.gov and search for recent Small Business Administration listings).

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends.

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Requests For Quotations

Office of Advocacy - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 1:40pm
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The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically funds small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs).

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends.

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6/5/2014- Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:42pm
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration respectfully requests that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) extend the public comment period for its proposed rule Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat.

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6/5/2014- Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 3:39pm
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration respectfully requests that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (together the “Agencies”) extend the comment period for the proposed rule Definition of Waters of the United States Under the Clean Water Act.

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Evaluation of the Small Business Procurement Goals Established in Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act: A Report Pursuant to Section 1631(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 2:21pm
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This Congressionally mandated report, Evaluation of the Small Business Procurement Goals Established in Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act: A Report Pursuant to Section 1631(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, was written by Henry B. R. Beale of Microeconomic Applications, Inc. The report analyzes small business participation in federal procurement at the detailed industry level. It also provides detailed industry procurement rates for all small businesses, as well as those owned by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals, women, 8(a) business owners, veterans, service-disabled veterans, and HUBZone businesses.

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The Small Business Advocate- May 2014

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:33am

The May 2014 issue of The Small Business Advocate is a special co

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2013 Small Business Profiles for States and Territories

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:44pm
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2013 Small Business Profiles for States and Territories
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The economic condition of small businesses in the United States is captured in the latest edition of the Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. This annual publication from the Office of Advocacy provides information on the demographics of business ownership, employment, industry composition, and small business income, for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The publication provides available limited data on the U.S. territories.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service propose to amend the definition of “destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat”

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:04am

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service propose to amend the definition of “destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The new definition would read as follows: “‘Destruction or adverse modification’ means a direct or indirect alteration that appreciably diminishes the conservation value of critical habitat for listed species.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service propose to amend the definition of “destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat”

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:04am
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service propose to amend the definition of “destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The new definition would read as follows: “‘Destruction or adverse modification’ means a direct or indirect alteration that appreciably diminishes the conservation value of critical habitat for listed species. Such alterations may include, but are not limited to, effects that preclude or significantly delay the development of the physical or biological features that support the life-history needs of the species for recovery.”  Comments are due by July 11, 2014. 

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5/20/14- Comments on EPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

Office of Advocacy - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:46am
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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) submits the following comments in response to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) April 8, 2014 notice reopening the comment period on its rulemakings on Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products.  These comments supplement Advocacy’s submission to the docket dated August 21, 2013.

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