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For Release: January 21, 2014                                                                                                                    

SBA Number: 15-01 ADV                                                                               

Contact: Elle Patout


On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum giving the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security 120 days to lead an effort to develop recommendations on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system.

On December 17, 2014, EPA issues proposed revisions to the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for Ozone.  This widely anticipated rule proposes to lower the primary standard to a level within the range of 65 to 70 parts per billion.  Because the NAAQS impose requirements only on states, EPA has certified that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on small entities.

On December 18, 2014, EPA issued proposed regulations that would establish national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for brick and structural clay products manufacturing. This rule would set emission standards for a wide variety of pollutants, including particulate matter, mercury, and acid gases.  A majority of the firms in brick production are small businesses, and EPA projects that this rule may force some out of business.

Both number and value of small business loans increase for the first time in five years.

On November 3, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations that prescribe how a partner should measure its interest in a partnership's unrealized receivables and inventory items.  The proposed rule also would provide guidance regarding the tax consequences of a distribution that causes a reduction in that interest.  The proposed regulations affect partners in partnerships that own unrealized receivables and inventory items and that make a distribution to one or more partners.  IRS estimates that “few small businesses are likely to be partners or partnerships require

For Release: October 16, 2014                                                                                                                    

SBA Number: 14-09 ADV                                                                               


Contact: Elizabeth Horowitz


Accelerators: An Avenue for Startup Growth

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have extended the comment period for the proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  This proposal would set forth several categories of waters to be included in the definition as well as establish waters that are subject to the act.  The comment period now closes November 14, 2014 .


STEM Entrepreneurship:  Are Women on a Level Playing Field?

Office of Advocacy report identifies gender differences in STEM entrepreneurship and strives to find avenues for improvement. 

On September 17, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) of the Department of Labor released a proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors from maintaining pay secrecy policies.  The rule, which implements Executive Order 13655, would require most contractors and subcontractors to change the nondiscrimination provisions in their contracts to state that they will not discharge or discriminate against their employees and job applicants for disclosing or inquiring about their pay.



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