Have you heard the news today?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a final rule banning non-compete agreements nationwide. This is a game-changing development that will have far-reaching implications for small businesses and employees alike.

What Does This Mean?

For small business owners who have utilized non-compete agreements in the past, this ruling represents a seismic shift in the competitive landscape. While I have never been a fan of non-competes for employees, many small business owners have used them as a tool for to protect their investments in training and retaining top talent. However, the FTC has recognized the negative impact of these restrictive covenants on the broader economy and workforce mobility.

With non-compete agreements now prohibited, small businesses may face challenges in retaining employees who now have greater freedom to explore opportunities with competitors or start their own ventures. This could potentially lead to higher employee turnover and increased competition for top talent.

However, this ruling also presents an opportunity for small businesses to differentiate themselves through:

competitive compensation packages,

superior working environments,


a commitment to professional development and growth.

By fostering a culture that nurtures and empowers employees, small businesses can position themselves as attractive destinations for skilled professionals, even in the absence of non-compete agreements.

On the flip side,

This ruling is a resounding victory for employees who have long felt constrained by non-compete agreements. For those who have harbored dreams of entrepreneurship or simply desired greater career mobility, the FTC’s decision effectively removes a significant barrier to pursuing new opportunities.

Imagine being an employee who was once bound by a non-compete agreement, unable to explore other job prospects or start your own business within a certain geographic area or timeframe. With this ruling, those shackles are effectively removed, opening up a world of possibilities for ambitious individuals to take their skills and talents wherever they choose.

Trade Secret Protection

As a company our passion is working with many small business owners, so we  understand the concerns that some may have about losing their competitive edge or the potential for talent poaching. However, the FTC has addressed these concerns by ensuring that businesses can still protect their trade secrets and intellectual property, striking a balance between competition and innovation.

The FTC’s non-compete ban is a watershed moment that promises to reshape the business landscape and empower employees in unprecedented ways.

For small businesses, it’s an opportunity to adapt, innovate, and cultivate a workplace environment that attracts and retains top talent through means other than restrictive covenants. And for employees, it’s a chance to spread their wings, unleash their entrepreneurial spirit, and pursue their dreams without fear of legal repercussions.

As we navigate this new reality, I encourage my fellow small business owners to embrace the change and position themselves as industry leaders in employee satisfaction, growth opportunities, and fostering a dynamic, competitive environment that drives innovation and success.

-Shannon Hayes, CEO