Wicker, Rosen Ask SBA Administrator for Online Hub for Startups and Small Businesses to Access Permitting and Licensing Information

August 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R.Miss., and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., sent a bipartisan letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Guzman encouraging the creation of a centralized, online hub where startup and small business owners can access information from SBA about state and federal permitting and licensing requirements. This portal could help cut through red tape and make it easier to get the permits and licenses needed to comply with federal and state requirements as businesses launch and begin to operate.

“We have heard from many small business owners in our communities that accessing information on the vast array of business permitting and licensing rules is difficult, especially for those launching businesses for the first time,” said the senators. “SBA has made important strides in providing online resources through its Learning Center, but we believe more can be done to help entrepreneurs, particularly those running startups, get the information they need to start, build, and expand their businesses and cut through bureaucratic red tape.”

“To assist with that effort, we would like to explore Congressional authorization for the creation of a centralized SBA portal to serve as a one-stop shop where small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs can find all applicable information on federal, state, and local permitting and licensing for starting and operating a small business,” the senators continued.

The full letter can be found here.