Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2004
Sign Up For Free Regulatory Alert E-Mail Notification

Wisconsin small business owners are invited to sign up now to receive a free Regulatory Alert e-mail notification informing them on new state regulations that may impact their business.

The Regulatory Alert will provide them with updates on new state regulations that are being proposed and allow them to provide their comments about any burdens or barriers that these proposed rules may have on their business.

Notes Carol Dunn, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Small Business Ombudsman, “It’s important for small business to have their voice heard during the state-rule-making process. To do this, you need to know when rules are being developed by state agencies that may directly impact your small business.

“In Wisconsin, 97% of our businesses meet the definition of being a small business. Recent reports show that regulatory costs per employee to small firms are approximately 50 percent more than the costs to large firms. Small businesses employ 53 percent of the work force, but shoulder 63 percent of the total business regulatory costs.1

A new Wisconsin law2 requires state agencies to reduce the burden of their rules on small businesses if the rule will have a “significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses”. To meet their statutory requirement, state agencies must involve the regulated business community in their rule-writing process.

Small business owners can subscribe to the Regulatory Alert service by providing their e-mail address to the Small Business Ombudsman through the Commerce website at http://commerce.wi.gov/BD/MT-FAX-0905.html.

If you have additional questions on the state rule making process, contact Carol Dunn, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Small Business Ombudsman at 608-267-0297 or cdunn@commerce.state.wi.us.

1 Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, “The Changing Burden of Regulations” - http://www.sba.gov/advo/laws/archive/law_brd.html

2 Wisconsin Act 145 – Effective July 1, 2004. Defines small business as less than 25 full-time employees or yearly revenue less than $5 million - http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2003/data/acts/03Act145.pdf

-- Carol Dunn

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