Competition & Regulatory Policy

April 23rd, 2024 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to today’s action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that bans the use of employer non-compete agreements. “Today’s action banning the use of non-compete agreements is not only uninformed and […]

April 10th, 2024 by

In a new DC Journal Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan laments intrusive government overreach in President Biden’s war on what he is calling “junk fees.” She writes that consumers and small businesses will not benefit from this unwarranted intervention, and notes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) new rule capping credit-card […]

April 5th, 2024 by

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Today’s move by Meta, announcing it has filed a motion for summary judgment in a District Court requesting the dismissal of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit that challenges the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, is a reminder of what’s at stake in regard to the deeply troubling […]

March 21st, 2024 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Today, two measures vitally important to protecting independent self-employment and small business competitiveness were advanced at the committee level in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce advanced HJRes 116, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to nullify the U.S. Department of […]

March 21st, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – What is innovation? It’s the introduction of new and improved goods, services and methods to the marketplace. Of course, innovation in its various forms, and driven by private investment in assorted arenas – including in technology – is central to economic and income growth. There’s not much controversial in this […]

February 11th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – A new study confirms that the Credit Card Competition Act, which would impose routing mandates for credit card transactions, would inflict harm on small businesses. SBE Council has warned: “The mandates would drive billions of dollars from the credit market and force financial institutions to reduce crucial lending to entrepreneurs […]

February 2nd, 2024 by

The Honorable Lina M. Khan Chair Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20580 Via email   Dear Chair Khan, As an organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and protecting small business, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is focused on ensuring that the federal regulatory process is fair, transparent and inclusive […]

February 1st, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – Too often, elected officials respond to a terrible event or accident with proposed legislation that has little or nothing to do with what actually occurred. Such responses tend to be driven by the political impulse to “do something,” or even worse, to be viewed as opportunities to move another agenda, […]

January 30th, 2024 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER By Karen Kerrigan – When federal agencies draft new regulations, they are required to comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) to determine if proposed rules will negatively impact small businesses. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to have side-stepped or glossed over this requirement when it “certified” that small businesses will […]

January 3rd, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – It’s hard to think of a more activist administration over the past half-century when it comes to antitrust regulation than that of President Joe Biden’s. And that’s saying a great deal because the two previous administrations weren’t exactly sitting on the sidelines when it came to antitrust activism. But with […]

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