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SBA ombudsman visiting Seattle on Thursday, wants to hear views on enforcement and compliance

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on May 31, 2013 at 7:34 am with No Comments »
May 30, 2013 4:39 pm

Owners of small businesses will have an opportunity to air their views on regulatory fairness at a forum June 6 sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

SBA Acting National Ombudsman Yolanda Swift will appear at the forum, at the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave. in Seattle beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Have you or a small business owner you know been unfairly fined or penalized by a Federal government agency, or is a Federal agency enforcement action imminent? the agency asked in a press release this week. If so, and should you wish to make your views known on compliance and enforcment issues, Swift intends to hear your testimony.

Small business owners, representatives of trade associations and community and business leaders are invited to participate, comment, and learn more about the impact of Federal regulations on small businesses.

The forum is being held to “create a more cooperative regulatory environment among federal agencies and small businesses,” the release said. “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.”

Small business owners may testify during the hearing by registering in advance. RSVPs should be made to José Méndez in the office of the National Ombudsman at 202-205-2417 or by email to before the hearing. Testimony may be submitted in writing in advance.

For additional information about the Office of the National Ombudsman, visit the website at

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