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Small businesses can sound off about state regulatory burden

Is your business unnecessarily burdened by outdated or overly-burdensome existing state administrative rules or regulations? Does your these business feel its voice is not being heard on issues related to existing state administrative rules or regulations? If your answer is "yes" to either of those questions, you are invited to inform the Wisconsin Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB) about problematic existing state administrative rules or regulations.

The SBRRB, created as part of the state’s regulatory reform 2003 Wisconsin Act 145, is soliciting the input of small-business owners regarding negative economic impacts of existing state rules and regulations. State rules that are out-of-date or no longer necessary may create an economic burden for small business. In many cases, state regulatory agencies may be unaware of the negative effects that an out-dated administrative rule may have on a business owner.

The SBRRB is comprised of small-business owners (defined as being independently owned and operated, with 25 or less full-time employees and annual sales of less than $5 million), legislators and state agency representatives. The SBRBB advocates for small business by providing recommendations for reducing or eliminating a rule’s negative impacts to either the regulatory agency or the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules.

To assist you in providing this information to the businesses that you serve, an outreach flyer and brochure are available from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce web site at http://commerce.wi.gov/BD/BD-SBRRB.html. Small-business owners who wish to have their concerns heard by the SBRRB should contact the Small Business Ombudsman at COMBDOmbudsman@wisconsin.gov or by phone at (608) 267-0297.

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