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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 24 - Oct. 30, 2003 Hearing set for businesses to comment on excessive regulatory enforcement Small business owners with concerns about excessive enforce- ment of federal rules can voice their complaints at a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regulatory Fairness Board hear- ing in Newark from I to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Delaware Biotech Institute, Delaware Technology Park, 15 In- novation Way. SBA National Ombudsman Michael Barrera holds hearings around the country for business owners to discuss openly, without fear of retaliation, their concerns about federal regulatory compli- ance practices. "We work with agencies back in Washington D.C. to encourage a less punitive and more small-busi- ness friendly regulatory environ- ment," Barrera said. "One of the biggest concerns small business owners face is unfair enforcement of federal regulations. They also worry about telling their stories because they fear retaliation by federal agencies." "Small business owners want to play by the rules and comply with federal regulations;' he said, "and we want to encourage federal reg- ulators to assist business owners with compliance rather than g-o straight to the penalty stage" Jayne Armstrong, district direc- tor of SBA's Delaware District Office, is coordinating the Delaware hearing on Barrera's be- half and welcomes the chance for small business owners to speak out. "This is a great opportunity for small business owners to voice their concerns about unfair or ex- cessive regulatory enforcement by a federal agency and contribute to positive solutions that benefit the small business community," said Armstrong. Lewes resident honorect by USGS Lewes resident Mike Mahaffie has been awarded the 2003 John Wesley Powell Award "for note- worthy contributions to the mis- sion and objectives of the U.S. Geological Survey." Mahaffie was given the award - the highest honor possible for those not employed by the USGS - for his work on a team that de- veloped the Delaware Data Map- ping and Integration Laboratory (DataMIL). The award - named for distin- guished scientist and early USGS leader John Wesley Powell - was given to Mahaffie, of the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination, and to John Calla- han, Tina Callahan, and Dick Sacher of the University's IT User Services/RDMS unit, and Sandy Schenck, of the Delaware Geo- logical Survey. USGS Director Charles G. Groat presented the award at a Sept. 25 ceremony at USGS head- quarters in Reston, Va. "The team has created the fore- most pilot project of The National Map using Internet Mapping Ser- vice technolo- gy" said Groat. "The DataMIL team con- MAHAFE vinced local and state government that the vi- sion of DataMIL and The Nation- al Map were the pathway to im- proved government service that is beneficial to the state educational system and a useful tool for the public" The Delaware Data Mapping and Integration Laboratory (DataMIL) is an interactive, on- line "collaboration laboratory" es- tablished by the Delaware Geo- graphic Data Committee (DGDC) to make possible continual im- provement of the maps and spa- tial data used by decision-makers at the federal, state, county and local government levels in Delaware. Groat commended the recipi- ents for their "distinct achieve- ments, innovation and dedica- tion." "Specializing in the Lewes and Rehoboth Areas" He said that "The First State is truly first in supporting the vision of The National Map, and helping the USGS quickly provide map- ping data to the Nation" Georgetown Chamber to host benefit breakfast The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a ben- efit breakfast hosted by Mindy Eskridge from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Dec. 8, at the Sussex Pines Country Club. The cost is $15 per person and proceeds will be used to help buy hol- iday gifts for the less fortunate children of Georgetown. Sponsorships are available for $175, with sponsors' names listed in all publications. Sponsors will also receive 10 tickets to the breakfast. For more information, call the Georgetown Chamber at 856-1544. BOINES BEACH HOMES, INC. 276 HIGHWAY ONE, LEWES, DE 19958 Phone: 302-644-7333, Fax: 302-644-7401 Visit us at: Email: Specializing in Custom Modular Homes Wtport Cape Barrera's office works closely with more than 35 federal regula- tory agencies to resolve com- plaints about excessive enforce- ment of federal regulations. Con- gress established the Office of the National Ombudsman in 1996 with the passage of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. The act established 10 regional fairness boards, served by 50 small business owners from across the country. Frank Urso- marso Sr., owner of Union Park Automotive in Wilmington, repre- sents Delaware on the Mid-At- lantic regional board. Information gathered at these hearings is included in the nation- al ombudsman's annual report to Congress, along with findings and recommendations about the regu- latory enforcement environment and its effect on small business. Each federal regulatory agency is rated in the report based upon their responsiveness to small busi- ness comments. The national ombudsman's au- thority to respond to comments on compliance issues is limited to federal regulatory enforcement matters and does not include con- cerns about obtaining federal con- tracts or securing guaranteed loans. Anyone interested in testifying at this hearing can contact the SBA's Delaware District Office in Wilmington at 302-573-6294. For more information about the national ombudsman and this hearing, visit the National Om- budsman's website at To obtain information on SBA's programs and services in Delaware call the SBA district of- fice in Wilmington at 302-573- 6294, or visit its web site at Call Cal Weible... for all your Real Estate needs ClilJlY2] 302-228-9497 cell Email: cgweible@ 660 S. 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