ADA — There will be a public meeting of Oklahoma Small Business Advocacy Committee Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, 1:30-4 p.m. at Pontotoc County Agri-plex Convention Center, Building No. 1, 1710 N. Broadway, Ada, Okla.

Small business owners dealing with state regulations that hinder their company’s growth and expansion can voice their concerns at the committee’s upcoming meeting.

As the “Voice for Small Business”, the committee reviews not only new and proposed rules as they appear but also existing regulations that might adversely affect small businesses.

In addition, the committee works with Oklahoma agencies to find solutions by suggesting less restrictive alternatives and creative, flexible means for businesses to comply wherever possible.

The 2002 passing of the Oklahoma Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Act created the Small Business Advocacy Committee, which is composed of 13 appointed business owners from across the state and two ex-officio legislators who review state agency rules affecting businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Such businesses constitute about 95 percent of all businesses in Oklahoma.

Committee meetings, which take place across the state, are open to the public.

For more information about the meeting or about the Oklahoma Small Business Advocacy Committee, phone Oklahoma Department of Commerce at 800-879-6552, X5143, or visit www.OKcommerce.gov.