Henry Sanders – Region V Advocate
Henry Sanders, Jr., is the regional advocate for region V, covering the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Sanders is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Sanders was appointed to his post in January 2011.
Sanders brings a broad range of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to the office. He founded the Madison Area Growth Network (MAGNET) and Propel Wisconsin Innovation—nonprofits dedicated to job creation and attracting/retaining skilled professionals to grow Wisconsin’s economy. Sanders has also worked for U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin, the city of Madison, and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. A small business owner himself, Sanders served as vice president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, where he built the organization’s Small Business Advisory Council and helped increase the involvement of women and minority-owned businesses in south-central Wisconsin.
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The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. The presidentially appointed chief counsel for advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policymakers. Regional advocates and an office in Washington, D.C., support the chief counsel’s efforts. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.