At one time or another, most startup founders face frustration and road blocks, seemingly coming at them from all sides. An unsupportive family member, being turned down for investment or a loan, unable to find qualified employees. This is normal stuff, and entrepreneurs get creative at finding other ways to make it work.
However, sometimes entrepreneurial progress is stopped cold by federal government regulation, and this is especially true for the highly regulated bioscience sector. What’s a small bio start-up to do against a big bureaucracy? Complain to anyone who will listen? Call your Senator? Hire an attorney, for heaven’s sake? What you should absolutely do is contact the Office of Advocacy -- and that’s me, your new Region 7 Small Business Advocate.
Our sole purpose is to look out for the interests of startup companies, entrepreneurs, and small business. The Office of Advocacy employs a group of really sharp, engaged attorneys who are specialists in all of the regulatory areas, such as intellectual property, employment issues, OSHA regulations, food and drug, safety, international commerce, etc. They work directly with legislators and government agency employees who are writing new laws / rules / regulations, to help ensure that its effect on small business is taken into consideration to avoid unintended consequences. Advocacy also works to change existing regulations that are over burdensome to small business.
Think of the Office of Advocacy as a resource; we also have decades of small business research data that might be helpful to your bio start-up.
-Nancy Zurbuchen, Small Business Advocate, Region 7 (MO, KS, IA, NE)
Small Business Administration (SBA) // Office of Advocacy
Nancy and the regional SBA Office of Advocacy recently hosted a regulatory roundtable in Overland Park to help identify specific regulatory barriers to small business growth. She'll be featured in Kansas City again on October 10th, when she will participate as a panelist at our Women in Science & Entrepreneurship event. Click here for more information and to register.