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Under Fire

The SBA's Office of Advocacy faces the fight of its life.

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This story appears in the March 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You may not consider the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy a hotbed of controversy, but below the surface runs a stream of wildly disparate accounts of the office's validity.

Established in the mid-1970s to give small business representation, research and policy analysis, the Office of Advocacy in its heyday had a staff of 75 and a research budget of $5 million. Today, staff has been reduced to 48 and the research budget zeroed out, with a stipulation allowing the SBA Administrator to redirect monies of up to $700,000 to small-business research.

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