The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by Congress in 1976 to act as an independent voice that would speak up for the small business community within the federal government. The chief counsel for advocacy directs the office and must be both appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
It is the chief counsel’s responsibility to address the views, concerns, and interests of the small business community before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers.
The SBA Office of Advocacy can address small business concerns to the government.
The chief counsel for advocacy uses research, statistics, interviews, and direct feedback to determine the primary interests of small businesses and address those interests at all levels of government. Each individual small business can have a voice in this process by maintaining contact with the office and by providing it with feedback regarding the effectiveness of current government regulations, as well as any problems related to current or proposed regulations.
The SBA Office of Advocacy can provide helpful research and statistics.
The Office of Advocacy’s Web site provides links to many informative studies featuring research and statistics helpful to small businesses and applicable to their individual concerns. Items include information on healthcare insurance costs, the success rate of small business ventures, and how individual regulations affect small business.
The SBA Office of Advocacy can answer questions related to government regulations and requirements.
There are so many government regulations that the average small business owner can become overwhelmed trying to understand exactly which items apply to his or her business. The Office of Advocacy can help by providing contacts to those able to answer specific questions, and through facilitating the multilevel communication necessary to aid your small business in finding the support needed to understand and comply with all applicable regulations.
The SBA Office of Advocacy can pursue regulation, legislation, and policy initiatives on behalf of small businesses.
The chief counsel is not only able to take individual small business concerns into consideration when addressing various governing bodies, but also uses the research data and overall needs of small businesses to be proactive in addressing and suggesting government initiatives. Since you are aware this office is working on your behalf, even when you do not have a specific concern, you should use its resources and provide feedback to help it better serve your business and others like it.