Monthly Archives: December 2011

EEOC Launches Small Business Task Force

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched an internal task force that will focus on expanding and improving outreach and technical assistance to small businesses. The Small Business Task Force, led by Commissioner Constance S. Barker, will work

NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Rights Posting Rule to April 30

The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to postpone the effective date of its employee rights notice-posting rule at the request of the federal court in Washington, D.C., hearing a legal challenge regarding the rule. The Board’s ruling states that

Postponed — See Dec 28 Entry

(Was: Deadline Looms for Posting Employee Rights per National Labor Relations Act) As of January 31, 2012, most private sector employers must post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act at their worksites. The notice is

Invention Is the Mother of Economic Growth

 Invention Is the Mother of Economic Growth: Nathan Myhrvold By Nathan Myhrvold – Dec 19, 2011 One reason “dismal science” aptly describes economics is that it so often winds up in a zero-sum trade-off of diminishing returns. That gets depressing

Appleton (Wisconsin) Post Crescent: More college students looking at entrepreneurship

More college students looking at entrepreneurship  Fremont resident Casey Miller is confident five years from now she will have her own business. Since she enjoys cooking, it likely will be a restaurant or bakery. But unlike many other entrepreneurs before

FWS and NOAA Propose to define the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act; a portion is “significant” if it is essential to the viability of the species

On December 9, 2011, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed a policy defining the phrase “significant portion of its range” under the Endangered Species Act.  A portion of the range of

Quarterly Indicators: The Economy and Small Business

Advocacy releases its Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for the third quarter of 2011.  The brochure-style publication contains commentary and analysis on the current employment and financing trends of small businesses.  The bulletin shows economic variables related to small business trending

Mentors give business owners a boost

DE KALB (IL) DAILY CHRONICLE — Mentors give business owners a boost By NICOLE WESKERNA – Created: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:30 a.m. CST  SYCAMORE – If it weren’t for a group of business-minded volunteers, Ursula Dargis doubts she’d

WASHINGTON POST — Commentary: The economy needs small business

By Todd McCracken and Dan Danner December 11  In the past few months, there has been an influx of sentiment claiming that small businesses aren’t really that important to the U.S. economy and that politicians spend far too much time

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of December 12, 2011

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy will post a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on