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Small Business Advocate
Maine’s Small Business Advocate serves as an independent voice for Maine small businesses within our state’s regulatory system, ensuring it functions fairly and effectively. The Advocate works directly with small businesses of less than 50 employees that have specific grievances with one or more regulatory agency’s enforcement actions. The Advocate’s top priority is to assist small businesses to understand and comply with Maine’s many regulatory requirements.
The Regulatory Fairness Board:
Maine’s Regulatory Fairness Board is modeled on a similar board housed under the federal Small Business Administration. Like the federal Regulatory Fairness Board, Maine’s board holds public forums across the state to hear directly from small businesses on regulatory issues. The Board is chaired by the Secretary of State and its members are from the private sector appointed by the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House. The Board reports annually to the legislature and Governor with recommendations for regulatory and statutory changes that may enhance Maine’s business climate. The Advocate advises and staffs the Regulatory Fairness Board.
Why is the work of the Small Business Advocate important?
The Advocate testifies on legislation and comments on rules affecting the interest of Maine’s small businesses. Based on its work with small businesses, the Advocate identifies statutes and rules that present an unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.
As an appointee of Maine’s Secretary of State, the Advocate is outside of both the executive branch and the legislative branch and provides an objective voice for small businesses to address and change Maine’s regulatory structure.
How to file a grievance:
Please ensure that you return both the Privacy Act Authorization Form as well as the Office of Small Business Advocate Disclaimer. This Office cannot begin a review of your complaint without them.
Once all of the requested documents have been received, the Advocate will review the information provided and contact your business to advise you on what assistance this Office may be able to offer.
Contact the Small Business Advocate:
Peggy Schaffer, Small Business Advocate
It is important to note that the Advocate is not a substitute for established agency procedures or the formal appeals process, nor can the Advocate reverse legal or adjudicatory determinations.
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