SAN JUAN, PR – U.S. Small Business Administration Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Deputy District Director María de los Ángeles de Jesús today called on local agency stakeholders to join her on Tuesday, August 28 at SBA district office facilities to discuss matters currently affecting small businesses on the island.
“As we get ready to wrap-up fiscal year 2012, it is of utmost importance for us to listen to the concerns of our participating lenders and resource partners, and together seek ways of expanding the delivery of SBA programs and services,” de Jesús said. “We are committed to continue serving Puerto Rico’s small business community and fostering the island’s economic development through business start-ups and expansion, and job creation.”
SBA stakeholders in Puerto Rico include participating commercial banks, Certified Development Companies, federal and state government economic development agencies, and resource partners such as Small Business and Technology Development Centers, SCORE and the Women’s Business Institute. All of these organizations together helped the SBA inject nearly $85 million into the island’s economy during fiscal year 2011 through the agency’s loan guaranty programs.
A civil servant for 27 years, de Jesús joined the SBA on July 30, bringing a wealth of experience in business financing, cooperative development and businesses related to the local production of food products. Her background ranges from property valuation to the analysis of commercial financing structures or renewable energy projects, among others.
The roundtable to be held on August 28 will begin at 9:30 AM, at 273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza Scotiabank, Suite 510, in Hato Rey. To confirm attendance, please call (787) 766-5220.
For more information on SBA programs and services, visit http://www.sba.gov/pr