WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the appointment of Seth Goodall of Richmond, Maine as Regional Administrator for Region I, which encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
An entrepreneur, public servant and attorney, Goodall has a long history of working with and on behalf of small businesses in New England. He currently works as an attorney at Dyer Goodall, P.A., where he represents municipalities, individuals and small businesses in a variety of cases. He has also represents Sagadahoc County and Dresden in Lincoln County as a State Senator in the Maine State Legislature since 2008 and is currently the Senate Majority Leader. Since 2009, he has served on the Maine Economic Growth Council.
Goodall has worked on economic development and small business matters in the Maine Legislature, co-chairing the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future and serving as a ranking member on the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform and Fairness.
“As an attorney and public servant, Seth has worked with small businesses in the New England region throughout his career,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “I am pleased that, as Region I Administrator, he will be able to draw on his experiences as a small business owner, as well as his expertise garnered from extensive experience in the public and private sectors, to help entrepreneurs across the region start, grow and succeed.”
In addition to his work as a practicing attorney, Goodall previously co-owned a full service landscaping company from 1992 to 1999—building the foundation for a successful, multi-million dollar company that today employs nearly 30 seasonal and 15 year-round employees. He also previously served as the Executive Vice President and key advisor to Starting Out, a Maine start-up company focused on career and workforce educational resources.
“It is an incredible honor to serve the Obama Administration and work with Administrator Mills on growing and strengthening small business. I have a deep appreciation and understanding for the role small business plays in our economy and our communities,” said Goodall. “I look forward to sharing my commitment and utilizing my experience to help the SBA to create jobs and bolster our economy in New England.”
Goodall has a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, Maine, and a Master’s Degree in Plant Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.
As Region I Administrator, Goodall will oversee SBA operations throughout its district offices in Hartford, CT; Augusta, ME; Boston, MA; Concord, NH; Providence, RI; and Montpelier, VT. Goodall will begin his tenure as SBA’s Region I Administrator this June, following the adjournment of the Maine State Legislature.