Advocacy Attends 2018 Indian Country Business Summit in Oklahoma

By: Rhett Davis, Region 6 Advocate

The Office of Advocacy recently visited the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma, to hear from area small businesses about their federal regulatory burdens. Rhett Davis, Region 6 Advocate, conducted a breakout session. He was joined by Dorothy Overal, Acting Regional Administrator for SBA, and other SBA staff members for the annual event.

Many of the discussions centered around the nature of federal contracting, streamlining paperwork in federal the procurement process, and the effect that regulations have on Native American tribes.

EPA regulations and the results of lawsuits settled by EPA as a defendant were also topics of discussion, with some concerned that such settlements basically impose new federal regulations.

The Office of Advocacy very much appreciates the feedback from small business leaders from across Oklahoma, and looks forward to continuing the conversation and advocating on their behalf.

Rhett Davis serves as the Region 6 Advocate for the SBA Office of Advocacy, representing small businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Davis works with small business owners, state and local governments, and small business associations to bring the voice of Region 6 to Washington DC. He can be reached at