Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
June 2007
Regulatory Fairness Forum for Small Business July 10 in Milwaukee

Small business owners have an opportunity to discuss concerns about federal regulatory compliance and enforcement issues during this Forum.

National SBA National Ombudsman Nicholas Owens, members of the Regional Regulatory Fairness Board and representatives of Federal regulatory agencies will hear concerns, comments and complaints about Federal regulatory enforcement and compliance at a Regulatory Fairness Forum on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at UMOS Corporate Headquarters, 2701 S. Chase Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and the hearing will be held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Small business owners, representatives of community organizations and trade associations, and community and business leaders are invited to testify about compliance and enforcement of regulations by Federal agencies.

To create a more cooperative regulatory environment among Federal agencies and small businesses, Congress has directed the SBA and the National Ombudsman to hold Regulatory Fairness hearings. Concerns and complaints aired at this forum will be directed to the appropriate Federal regulatory agency. Testimonies gathered at these hearings are also reported to Congress.

Small business owners may testify during the hearing by registering in advance. Call Jan Nienow at (414) 297-1096 at the SBA Wisconsin District Office or send an e-mail to janice.nienow@sba.gov. Testimony may be submitted in writing in advance or at the hearing. Anyone desiring confidentiality may request that his/her name not be released and may submit written testimony in lieu of a public appearance at the hearing.

For more information, visit the Office of the National Ombudsman's website at www.sba.gov/ombudsman, or call José Méndez at (202) 205-6178.

All of the SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact: Jan Nienow at (414) 297-1096.

-- Carol Dunn

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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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