Massachusetts Roundtable Offers Small Businesses a Voice for Overcoming Federal Regulatory Challenges

June 27, 2016, Exeter, NH –– In 2016 alone, 3,000 new federal regulations were proposed that could affect small businesses. This is one of the many reasons why small business owners came together recently at the Boston Chamber of Commerce to voice their concerns to representatives from the Office of National Ombudsman (ONO).

Established by Congress in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), ONO is comprised of 10 regional Regulatory Fairness Boards across the United States. Each regional Board consists of five small business owners in that region who volunteer their time to advise ONO on matters of concern facing other small business owners in their area.

“Small businesses continue to represent the heart of America’s economic and social vitality,” said Deborah Osgood, President and CEO of the Knowledge Institute and ONO regulatory fairness board member for New Hampshire. “By providing them with a voice in Washington regarding instances of excessive enforcement actions by federal regulatory agencies, we are collectively helping to ensure that our economy and our communities remain strong.”

Roundtables are public events where members of the business community are invited to voice their concerns regarding federal regulatory challenges they may be dealing with. Representatives from ONO as well as federal regulatory agencies are also in attendance and often help to bring clarity to some of the expressed concerns, as well as recommendations for remediation when applicable. The Massachusetts roundtable event was convened by Juliette Mayers, founder and CEO of the Inspiration Zone, LLC and author of The Guide to Strategic Networking: Dream, Plan, Create, Achieve. In the month of June 2016, seven roundtables were scheduled across five regions.

“Bringing small businesses together with federal agency representatives is a great way to demonstrate that we are all part of the same community,” said Osgood. “It is very rewarding to witness how well we can all work together when we put our minds to it.” For more information about ONO, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website at www.sba.gov/ombudsman.

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The Knowledge Institute for Small Business Development (KISBD) specializes in promoting self-employment and small business development through 1-on-1 coaching, economic and workforce development agency training programs, virtual learning communities and business-to-business consulting services. As a social entrepreneurial model launched in 1996, KISBD facilitates public/private collaboration to promote awareness, access and use of over 30,000 free and low-cost public small business assistance programs. This innovative approach is helping to connect 2.5 million individuals each month to providers of small business assistance programs, goods and services.