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SBA wants to know rules-enforcement concerns

Small business owners nationwide are invited to share their concerns over excessive enforcement of federal rules during a national U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness hearing in Columbia, Maryland on Tuesday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SBA National Ombudsman Esther H. Vassar will meet with members of the Regional Regulatory Fairness boards, representatives from federal agencies, and small business owners nationwide (via teleconferencing) to hear issues and comments about federal regulatory enforcement and compliance actions. Small business owners, representatives of trade associations, community and business leaders are invited to comment about compliance actions, enforcement of regulations by federal agencies.

The National Ombudsman will direct specific issues addressed at these hearings to the appropriate federal agency for a review of the fairness of the enforcement action.  In many instances, the National Ombudsman’s action has resulted in federal agencies reducing or waiving penalties and/or compliance actions in cases of unfair or excessive regulatory enforcement. Testimony must be submitted in writing in advance.

The teleconference will be at Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center—Smith Theatre, Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.

Small business owners, leaders from business organizations, and trade associations may testify during the hearing by registering in advance. RSVPs should be made to Jose Mendez or Yolanda Swift in the Office of the National Ombudsman at (202) 205-2417, or by email to, or to

The teleconference toll-free number is 866-740-1260, access code 3212002#.   Those desiring confidentiality may request that their name not be released, and may submit written testimony in lieu of a public appearance. For additional information about the Office of the National Ombudsman visit our website at

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