Regulatory Fairness Forum for Small Business

A forum for small business owners to discuss federal regulations, compliance audits, regulatory fines, and enforcement actions impacting small businesses.

The U.S. Small Business Administration presents this Regulatory Fairness Forum to facilitate a dialogue on federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses and to highlight the range of resources available to small business owners from the SBA and the Office of the National Ombudsman.

WHO: SBA National Ombudsman Brian Castro will host a conversation with Charleston area small business owners, and other representatives of the small business community.

WHAT: The National Ombudsman holds Regulatory Fairness hearings and forums across the country to give small business owners a means to comment on unfair enforcement actions, government audits, and excessive fines or regulations. The Ombudsman directs specific issues raised by participants to the appropriate Federal agency for a high-level fairness review, and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses grow.

WHERE: Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce 4500 Leeds Avenue, Suite 100 - Boardroom North Charleston, SC 29405

WHEN: Monday, April 21, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All members of the small business community, trade organizations, chambers of commerce, and media are invited to attend. Those wishing to report a federal regulatory concern confidentially will have the opportunity to do so privately at the forum. There is no cost to attend. Should you have any questions, please contact José Méndez in the Office of the National Ombudsman at (888) 734-3247, or Mary Graham at (843) 805-3043.

For more information, visit SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 1 week in advance. Contact: or call (202) 205-6178.