The U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) has many programs and features designed to support the formation and development of small businesses around the nation. These programs range from those aimed at helping women and minorities start and fund businesses, to support given to the average employer in terms of wage and industry information.
The DOL also ensures the safety of the workplace with focused initiatives, achieved through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a component of the U.S. of Labor. It ensures businesses are within compliance with OSHA regulations, including safety and health codes. The overall goal is to reduce the risk of injuries, illness, or death occurring within the workplace.
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is a component of the Dept. of Labor as well. This division provides grants and resources for organizations to help jumpstart economic improvement or to reduce the impact of a substantial loss of jobs within a state or area. The department also provides financial contributions to various organizations, including the International Labor Organization (ILO) for its goal of eliminating child labor.
For the small business trying to get a foothold in the emerging economy, there are a wide range of resources available online at the Dept. of Labor’s New and Small Business section. These resources include compliance materials, wage and hour information, employee benefits guidelines, employment law documents, and occupational safety support. A vast majority of these resources are offered free of charge.