Small Biz Urged to Support JOBS Act

July 10, 2012

NSBA is urging small-business owners to weigh in with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in support of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act signed into law in April. The implementation of the law is now under the direction of the SEC which is in the process of crafting...


House Small Business Committee Hearings Scheduled

July 9, 2012

This week, the House Small Business Committee and the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations plan to hold hearings on how certain regulations are affecting small businesses in the commercial trucking and hauling industry and the maritime industry.


Start-ups Converge on Washington, D.C.

June 20, 2012

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, representatives from 18 start-up companies will converge on Washington, D.C. to discuss a variety of issues important to the start-up community, including, but not limited to, the NSBA-supported Startup Act 2.0 (#StartupAct). Startup Act 2.0 is a bill introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran...


Startup Act 2.0 Introduced in House

June 6, 2012

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Members introduced the NSBA-supported Startup Act 2.0 in the House of Representatives, increasing the likelihood that this critical piece of legislation will gain some traction this year.


White House Memo on Regulatory Accountability

March 21, 2012

On Tuesday, March 20, Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) sent a memo to the heads of all administration departments and agencies directing them to weigh the cumulative regulatory burden on small businesses and startups when crafting rules. In the memo, Sunstein points...


NSBA Registers Opposition to New EEOC Policy

February 15, 2012

As NSBA reported last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has come out with a new policy that any employer requiring high school diplomas would be unlawful under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless the employer can demonstrate that the diploma requirement is job related and consistent with business necessity. This new policy...


Braley Introduces Plain Regulations Act

January 24, 2012

Last week, Rep. Bruce Braley (D – Iowa) introduced the Plain Regulations Act of 2012 with the goal of simplifying federal regulations and reducing costs to small businesses.  According to a 2010 study from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy, it costs small businesses with less than 20 employees more...


NSBA Urges Easing of SEC Small Biz Regulation

January 10, 2012

NSBA submitted comments to the recently formed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. In those comments, NSBA endorsed a specific proposal to relax restrictions on general solicitation in private securities offerings to accredited investors. The Advisory Committee noted NSBA’s comments in its meeting and...


NSBA Submits Comments on Proposed Gift Rule

November 15, 2011

NSBA filed comments regarding an Office of Government Ethics proposed rule limiting gifts from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations. NSBA is particularly concerned about the revisions affecting widely attended gatherings (those with more than 100 people).  These rules will make it highly unlikely that government officials will attend meetings with ordinary business...


Hearings Announced on Small Biz Patent Protection

October 18, 2011

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published two public notices regarding issues of potential concern to the small-business community. The notices announced three upcoming hearings and two requests for comment on the issues of prior user rights and international patent protection for small firms. All three hearings will...