Back in May I wrote a blog on the Small Business Administration’s Office of the Ombudsman. I had the opportunity to meet the National Ombudsman, Brian Castro, earlier this month. Brian is a busy man and spends a lot of his time trying to be the “go between” for small business to the various agencies. I met Brian at a Region VIII Regulatory Fairness Hearing. Several small businesses were offering their testimony of problems or issues regarding federal regulations and enforcement or compliance actions impacting small Business. There are ten regions across the country, like our Region VIII, and Brian regularly travels around to the regions to hear testimony and to talk with Small Businesses, trade associations and other members of the small business community.
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This week I attended another local NDIA meeting and learned something new that is helpful to all of small business. I think that is probably the largest benefit in belonging to organizations like the NDIA, you are continually exposed to other people in the same industry and you continually learn new things. In this case, I leaned something that could be of great value to small businesses that I wasn't aware even existed previously. I'm talking of the Office of National Ombudsman in the Small Business Administration (SBA).