Eric Menge is Assistant Chief Counsel in the Office of Advocacy,
U.S. Small Business Administration, where he represents the
views and interests of small business in telecommunications
within the federal government and serving as a focal point for
concerns regarding the government’s policies as they affect
small business, developing proposals for changes in federal
agencies’ policies, and communicating these proposals to the
Before joining the Office of Advocacy, Mr. Menge was employed
as associate counsel at the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications
Association in Washington, D.C., where he assisted in the representation
of mid-sized incumbent local exchange carriers. Mr. Menge holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism
from the University of Florida, and a Juris Doctor from the
Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. He is admitted to the Maryland State and District of Columbia bars.
Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
America's small businesses
-- some 20 million strong -- are the strength of our nation's
economy. They account for 39 percent of the country's gross
national product, create two out of every three new jobs and
produce two and one half times as many innovations per employee
as do large firms.
Despite their importance to the economy, small businesses
are heavily burdened by the costs of government regulation and
excessive paperwork. In 1976, the U.S.
Congress created the Office of Advocacy within the U.S
Small Business Administration to protect, strengthen and effectively
represent the nation's small businesses within the federal government's
legislative and rule-making processes.
The Office of Advocacy works to reduce the burdens that federal
policies imposes on small firms and maximize the benefits small
businesses receive from the government. Advocacy's mission,
simply stated, is to encourage policies that support the development
and growth of American small business.