Between new regulations from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and decisions from the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), the limits of acceptable actions by small business owners set on maintaining their small business size status continues to change.
Most recently, OHA issued a noteworthy decision that clarifies restrictions on negative control of small businesses, including what actions it considers “extraordinary actions” and what actions are ordinary actions related to the daily control of a company. OHA’s decision in Size Appeal of Southern Contracting Solutions III, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5956 (2018) is helpful in understanding the parameters of permissible negative control since OHA provided its clearest list to date of “extraordinary actions” and “ordinary” actions essential to the daily operation of the company.
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