The U.S. Small Business Administration’s national ombudsman will host a forum Monday for small business owners, representatives of local economic development organizations and trade groups.

Ombudsman Brian Castro will discuss federal regulatory issues impacting small businesses at 9 a.m. in room 102 at the University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center at 34 Bedford St.

The event will give the local business community a chance to voice their concerns about unfair regulatory enforcement, excessive fines, retaliation, disproportionately burdensome regulations, or other regulatory issues involving federal agencies.

“Too often small business owners can face an uneven playing field because of regulations that were written with major corporations in mind,” Castro said in a statement. “We are firmly committed to providing a receptive forum and a responsive, impartial process for small businesses to voice concerns about enforcement of federal regulations, especially those that create barriers to small business longevity and growth.”

Comments and concerns raised at the forum will be directed to a federal agency for a fairness review in an effort to reduce undue regulatory burdens.

The event is open to the public. To attend, contact José Méndez at the Office of the National Ombudsman at [email protected], or (202) 205-6178. For more information about the Office of the National Ombudsman, visit

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