Matt Varilek is the Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Region VIII. In this role he oversees delivery of the agency's small business programs and services in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana.
Before joining the SBA, Varilek served as Economic Development Director for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson. For over seven years he assisted the Senator's efforts on legislative issues related to small business and entrepreneurship, disaster response, technological research and commercialization, infrastructure investment, budget and appropriations, and other economic issues. He worked with staff at the SBA, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and others. Varilek previously served on the staff of U.S. Senator Tom Daschle in a similar capacity.
In the private sector, Varilek analyzed energy and environmental commodity market dynamics as Director of Policy and Research for Natsource LLC, a brokerage. He is also a past candidate for U.S.House.
Varilek has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also has a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he was funded by the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship established by Rotary International.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. A native of Yankton, SD, he is married, with two daughters. His wife, Maggie, is co-founder of a small consulting business headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD.
As Region VIII Administrator, Varilek oversees SBA operations throughout its district offices in Denver, CO.; Helena, MT.; Fargo, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; Salt Lake City, UT; and Casper, WY. Region VIII is SBA`s most rural region in the country. It includes 27 tribal nations and covers more than 500,000 square miles of territory.