After years of neglect, small business deserves an advocate in Washington

Over the last few years, small businesses have had to adapt and innovate to survive — navigating shutdowns, inflation and workforce shortages. So why, in the face of these historic headwinds, has the federal government failed to permanently fill the role of the small business advocate? 

This position, officially called chief counsel for advocacy, was created by Congress in 1974. The chief counsel runs an independent office from within the Small Business Administration and is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. However, there hasn’t been a permanent chief counsel in more than half a decade. 

It’s a significant job. These are significant times. So where’s the small business advocate?

As the CEO of a Utah-based manufacturing operation that survived the pandemic, I know firsthand the challenges of hiring. However, the six years this position has been without a…

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