SBE Council Supports David Tryon as Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy: Letter to Senate Small Business Committee Urging Expeditious Action on Nomination

By at 25 March, 2019, 8:16 am

The Honorable Marco Rubio                                      The Honorable Ben Cardin

Chairman                                                                       Ranking Member

Committee on Small Business                                   Committee on Small Business

and Entrepreneurship                                                  and Entrepreneurship

United States Senate                                                   United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510                                              Washington, DC 20510


Dear Chairman Rubio and Ranking Member Cardin:

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and our nationwide membership of small business owners and entrepreneurs strongly support the nomination of David C. Tryon to be Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  The role of Chief Counsel is vital to America’s small business and entrepreneurial sector, and we urge all Committee members to support Mr. Tryon’s nomination so that this important position, which has been vacant for an extended period of time, can be considered by the full Senate as soon as possible.

The SBA’s Office of Advocacy and its Chief Counsel play a key role in ensuring federal government agencies are responsive to small businesses during the regulatory process. The research produced by the Office of Advocacy is also important in helping policy makers, small business advocates and elected officials understand the health of the sector, as well as vital trends and data that allow for more effective policy solutions or strategies to encourage healthy startup activity and small business growth.

While the professional staff at the Office of Advocacy has done a tremendous job at engaging the small business community on regulatory matters and providing us with a voice on federal policy and issues, the absence of a Chief Counsel limits the Office’s leverage in terms of its interface with federal agencies and the work it can complete in recommending regulatory improvements and changes voiced by small businesses at scores of roundtable sessions hosted over the past two years.

Mr. Tryon has a solid balance of legal and small business issue experience, as well as working with and representing small to mid-size businesses. As someone deeply involved in locally-based business organizations and professional associations he understands the critical role of small business engagement and collaboration.

SBE Council and our members would very much like to see Mr. Tryon assume the Chief Counsel role as quickly as possible to ensure the Office of Advocacy is being fully leveraged to the benefit of our nation’s small businesses. Thank you, in advance, for your attention to this matter and support of entrepreneurs and small business.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

cc:   Members of the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship



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