John Hart – Region VIII Advocate
John Hart is the regional advocate for region VIII, covering the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Hart 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. Hart was appointed to his post in January 2011.
Hart served as the director of asset management, planning, and development for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (Maryland), where he oversaw project management of city-owned housing and housing development. He was a business affairs coordinator, multimedia, and bank financing analyst with Canal+/Studiocanal in Los Angeles, where he advised on over $1.5 billion on current multimedia joint venture projects. He has served as a consultant in numerous small business startups focusing on venture financing, business plan development, and asset acquisition. Hart has a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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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.