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Business briefs, March 15, 2011

Small-business owners asked to weigh in on federal regulations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, is calling on small-business owners to weigh in on regulations enforced by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA on Monday opened the comment period requesting information from the public to assist the agency in reviewing its existing regulations to determine whether they should be streamlined, expanded or withdrawn.

Earlier this month, Sen. Snowe, along with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., introduced the Small Business Regulatory Freedom Act which would require all federal agencies to calculate the direct and indirect economic impact of federal regulations and allow more flexible review periods.

“Excessive regulations are suffocating the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s almost 30 million small businesses, and, regrettably, small firms with fewer than 20 employees bear a disproportionate burden of complying with these rules,” said Snowe.

Comments for the SBA must be submitted no later than April 13. Comments can be submitted electronically at or mailed to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of the General Counsel, 409 Third St., SW., Washington, DC 20416.

Welch nominated as PUC commissioner

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov.Paul LePage announced Monday that Thomas Welch of Hancock has been nominated as commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Welch, a lawyer, served as chairman of the PUC from 1993 to 2005 and played a leading role in the adoption of incentive regulation for Maine’s major telephone utility. Welch will appear before the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology in the coming weeks. A date has not yet been scheduled.

The PUC regulates electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities. If approved, Welch would join Commissioners Vendean Vafiades and David Littell on the board.

University of Southern Maine holds annual job fair

PORTLAND, Maine — More than 40 employers will be on hand when the University of Southern Maine holds its annual job fair.

The fair, which draws hundreds of people each year, is being held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at USM’s Sullivan Gym. It is open to students and the public.

Held each March, the event give job seekers a chance to meet with potential employers in an informal setting to discuss full- and part-time jobs, career opportunities and even summer jobs.

Employers at this year’s fair include KeyBank, FairPoint Communications, Bath Iron Works, WMTW-TV,, two police departments and insurance companies.

Saco amusement park to hold job fair

SACO, Maine — A Maine theme park will hold a job fair to help fill 250 summer jobs at the state’s largest amusement and water park.

Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco is looking to hire ride operators, lifeguards, water slide attendants, food service personnel, emergency medical responders and others.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada at Saco Plaza on North Street in Saco.

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