U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop spoke on the subject of business regulation at a gathering of more than 50 small-business people this week at the Middle Country Public Library, Bishop's office said.
The forum took place Monday night at the Miller Business Resource Center, at the Centereach library.
Bishop said Kevin Law, chief executive of the Long Island Association, also spoke. Law told the group that 90 percent of Long Island businesses have 20 or fewer workers.
The event included "a substantive, wide ranging discussion on federal small business regulatory policy, ideas for job creation, access to capital, and the effect of the new health reform law on small businesses."
Bishop said he asked for ideas on how the federal government could free business to grow despite the nation's economic problems.
Attendees were encouraged to write down their suggestions for Bishop to bring to the attention of the Office of Management and Budget, which President Barack Obama has asked to streamline the business regulatory code.
He asked businesspeople to tell him their ideas by calling his district office at (631) 696-6500 or e-mailing him through firstname.lastname@example.org.