Dept. of Commerce: Online Complaint Form is Link to Small Business Regulatory Board

Contact: Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

Madison – Wisconsin’s small business owners now have another avenue to speak up on administrative rules affecting their livelihoods. Department of Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke is pleased to announce a new link on the agency’s website which allows small businesses the opportunity to submit comments on any existing state rules that may be unnecessarily burdensome or detrimental to business growth.

“Small businesses create the majority of new jobs in the Wisconsin,” Burke said. “Administrative rules that meet the objective of the agency, while not being overly burdensome to small business, are key to the economic growth and prosperity of Wisconsin’s economy.”

Online comments are reviewed by the Commerce Small Business ombudsman, the agency’s business advocate. If the concerns are valid and legitimate, the ombudsman will help the business prepare testimony to be delivered before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB). The SBRRB has the statutory authority to hear from small businesses about burdensome existing rules and may provide a report of its findings to the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules.

Small businesses can access the form on the Commerce website at