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Regululatory Alerts Item – ADA Accessibility of Websites

On August 2, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

DOJ is considering requirements to make websites accessible for people with disabilities. These regulations could affect governmental entities and public accommodations covered by the ADA that provide goods, services, programs or activities to the public via websites on the Internet. Title III of the ADA covers private entities whose operations affect commerce (such as restaurants, movie theatres, schools, daycares facilities, recreational facilities and doctors’ offices) and commercial facilities (such as factories, warehouses and office buildings). DOJ specifically asks the public for input on the impact of web accessibility requirements on small entities. Comments are due on January 24, 2011.

On June 4, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed rules regarding emissions standards for boilers, process heaters, and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators (CISWI units). EPA will accept public comments on these proposed rules through August 3, 2010.

On July 8, 2010, the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed comments with the Consumer Product Safety Commission providing the agency with its Regulatory Flexibility Act suggestions and industry concerns about the potential economic impacts associated with finalizing the safety standards for children’s bassinets and cradles.

On June 10, 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published proposed rules to initiate implementation of Amendments 20 and 21 of the Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 20 would establish a trawl rationalization program for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery, consisting of an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shore-based trawl fleet and cooperative (co-op) programs for the at-sea trawl fleet. Amendment 21 would establish fixed allocations for limited entry trawl participants. Comments must be received by July 12, 2010.

The July 2010 Small Business Advocate

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The July 2010 issue of The Small Business Advocate features a new study on small business credit, as well as a column by the chief economist on high-impact entrepreneurs.

The research study “Bank Credit, Trade Credit or No Credit: Evidence from the Surveys of Small Business Finances” compares firms that use credit (leveraged firms) with those that do not (unleveraged firms), and examines which kind of credit the leveraged firms use—bank credit (loans or lines of credit), trade credit (from suppliers), or both. The study finds that three-fifths of the small firms that use credit, use trade credit.

The research study “Bank Credit, Trade Credit or No Credit: Evidence from the Surveys of Small Business Finances” compares firms that use credit (leveraged firms) with those that do not (unleveraged firms), and examines which kind of credit the leveraged firms use—bank credit (loans or lines of credit), trade credit (from suppliers), or both. The study finds that three-fifths of the small firms that use credit, use trade credit.

On June 4, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of draft permit and notice of public hearings regarding Pesticide General Permits (PGP) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) System. The PGP regulates discharges to waters of the U.S. from the application of biological pesticides, chemical pesticides that leave residue, and the following pesticide use patterns: flying insect pest control, aquatic weed and algae control, aquatic nuisance animal control, and forest canopy pest control. When the rule takes effect on April 10, 2011, any operator with a point source discharge resulting from the application of pesticides will be in violation of the Clean Water Act if those discharges are not covered under an NPDES permit. Comments must be received by July 19, 2010.

Firm Size Data

On June 23, 2010, posted in: SBA by admin | Comments Off

U.S. Census Bureau employment size of firm data (partially funded by Advocacy) has been updated for 2007. The data list the number of firms, establishments, employment, annual payroll and receipts by firm size for regions by industry. The data is now available for a twenty-year period covering a few business cycles, making time series analysis a possibility. Additions to the data for this year include county figures and more industry detail for states (going back to 1998.) Historic county figures are a future priority.

On June 9, 2010, the Office of Advocacy submitted written comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) asking the board not to adopt the 2010 Draft Report submitted by the Inorganic Arsenic Cancer Review Work Group.