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President Trump to Nominate Heidi King as NHTSA Administrator

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ms. King has been the Transportation Department agency’s deputy administrator since late fall. NHTSA has been without a permanent administrator since Mark Rosekind departed just before Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Ms. King’s appointment would be subject to Senate confirmation.

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Small Business Administration to Host Series of Webinars in May

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association will host a free, 3-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 1 – Thursday, May 3 between 12:30 pm ET – 6:30 pm ET each day.

The Virtual Conference will feature 12 educational webinars, free business advice from mentors, free information and resources from sponsors and networking opportunities with fellow business owners.

The webinars include:

  • Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints & Keep Your Customers
  • Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing
  • Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
  • Sharing Your Story Through Video
  • Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand
  • How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business
  • How to Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing
  • Cybersecure Your Small Business
  • Managing Your Finances in the Cloud
  • Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence
  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
  • Grow Your Business in 2018

For registration, click here.


EPA Administrator Concludes GHG Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks Are Too High

On April 2nd, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is announcing the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that, in light of recent data, the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. Administrator Pruitt is also announcing the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and comment rulemaking to set more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.” To see EPA’s full release, click here.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols responded to the EPA press release stating, “This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program.” To see the full response, click here.

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