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Small Business Advocate
The Small Business Advocate was established in Public Law Chapter 304, “An Act To Ensure Regulatory Fairness and Reform,” enacted by the 125th Maine Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 13, 2011. The Secretary of State chairs the Regulatory Fairness Board, staffed by the Small Business Advocate, which hears testimony and reports to the Legislature and the Governor on regulatory and statutory changes necessary to enhance the state's business climate.
What is the Small Business Advocate’s role?
The Advocate is not a substitute for established agency procedures or the formal appeals process, nor can the Advocate reverse legal or adjudicatory determinations.
Why is the work of the Small Business Advocate important?
The Advocate informs and serves the Regulatory Fairness Board, chaired by the Secretary of State, with members from the private sector appointed by the Governor, Senate President, and House Speaker. This board reports to the legislature and Governor annually on regulatory and statutory changes to enhance Maine’s business climate. The Advocate also comments on rules and testifies on legislation affecting the interests of Maine’s small businesses.
How are small businesses served by the Small Business Advocate?
How to file a grievance:
If you feel that your business has been aggrieved by a state agency through a regulatory enforcement action and would like to request assistance from the Small Business Advocate, please fill out the following three forms (all must be completed) and return them by mail, e-mail or fax to:
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
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