March 8, 2007 -- The Small Businesses Administration's Office of the National Ombudsman is hosting its first national regulatory fairness hearing in Washington on Friday, the agency announced this week.

The hearing will offer business leaders a chance to voice concerns about federal regulations that impact small businesses nationwide, while small-business owners are being invited to testify in person about what they perceive as unfair practices or policies imposed by federal agencies, organizers said.

"This is a great opportunity for these groups to weigh in on the challenges their small business members face when trying to comply with regulations for their respective industries," SBA National Ombudsman Nicholas Owens said in a statement.

The hearing will also discuss the role of the Office of the National Ombudsman as a "troubleshooter" for the nation's small businesses.

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