The U.S. Department of Labor works on behalf of the U.S. work force to create new, better jobs, as well as maintain and ensure workplace adequacy within the United States. The agency administers and enforces more than 180 federal statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act. About 10 million employers and more than 100 million workers rely on DOL to protect workers' rights. Led by the secretary of labor, DOL includes the Office of Small Business Programs and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
DOL's website includes information about the agency's programs. The website also features valuable information regarding drug- and alcohol-free workplaces, among other topics.DOL WEBSITE
The National Federation of Independent Business is an advocacy organization that represents about 600,000 business owners. Founded in 1943, NFIB represents a variety of industries, ranging from manufacturers to service corporations to retailers. The organization works to advance the concerns of small-business owners and recently was named among "Washington's Power 25" by Fortune magazine. NFIB has a legislative office in Washington, D.C., and offices in all U.S. state capitals; its administrative office is in Nashville, Tenn.
NFIB's website contains a link to MyBUSINESS magazine, which is published by NFIB for small-business owners. In addition, the website features a series of articles that are written to help you run your small business. Past article topics include Internet marketing and advertising, interviewing potential employees and Internal Revenue Service audits.
U.S. Small Business Administration works to provide financial, technical and management assistance to U.S. citizens to help them start, run and grow small businesses. SBA backs small businesses by providing business loans, loan guarantees and disaster-relief loans. SBA also offers disaster relief to homeowners and businesses with low-interest recovery loans.
SBA's extensive website offers information about SBA programs and services, including its loan and investment programs, procurement programs and consulting services. Also on the website is information about the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act and how small-business owners can register concerns with SBA's National Ombudsman and 10 Regional Fairness Boards to share their opinions about and experiences with federal regulations.SBA WEBSITE