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Blogs Contributor - Maria Contreras-Sweet

Posts by Maria Contreras-Sweet

SBA Administrator

  • The need to earn income doesn’t go away for many Americans as they reach retirement age. Even with Social Security or pension income, bringing in a supplementary revenue stream can be a lifeline for seniors. It’s also true that for some, retirement isn’t exactly a choice, for it...
    SBA Administrator - September 17, 2014 - 3 comments
  • Four years ago, after a marathon grant-writing session at University of California at San Diego, scientists Lada Rasochova and Rosibel Ochoa decided they needed a break and went to the movies. Playing at their local theater was Social Network, the motion picture loosely based on the...
    SBA Administrator - September 16, 2014 - 4 comments
  • For half a century, thousands of seasoned American executives and retired business owners have provided pro bono consulting services to 10 ½ million American entrepreneurs. These volunteers aren’t in it for money, fame or glory. They give back because they’ve accumulated a...
    SBA Administrator - August 14, 2014 - 13 comments
  • Today on Capitol Hill, I joined leaders of JP Morgan Chase as they announced a five-year, $30 million philanthropic investment to support the pioneering work of American small businesses joining “regional clusters.” Clusters are public-private partnerships that convene a region’s...
    SBA Administrator - July 22, 2014 - 9 comments
  • It has been an exhilarating first 100 days on the job. When I was sworn in as SBA Administrator in April, I promised to “get more loans into the hands of entrepreneurs who reflect the diversity of America by making it easier for community banks and microlenders to become our partners....
    SBA Administrator - July 15, 2014 - 11 comments
  • This week, America’s celebrates the difference-makers in our economy as we kickoff National Small Business Week today at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. You can watch the live stream of our kickoff event starting at 11:40 a.m. EST at www.sba.gov/nsbw. This year, we’re hosting...
    SBA Administrator - May 09, 2014 - 12 comments
  • One month ago, I took my oath and was given the opportunity of a lifetime to be a champion for America’s small businesses. In my first public statement after my swearing-in, I talked about my intention to support our job creators and build the U.S. economy from the middle out; to promote...
    SBA Administrator - May 09, 2014 - 5 comments
  • Are you a self-starter? Do you have a general-management skill set? Are you used to constantly changing roles and responsibilities? Are you disciplined and focused? Are you risk-tolerant and able to manage stress? These are the threshold questions that SBA counselors ask every day to help...
    SBA Administrator - April 16, 2014 - 3 comments
  • At the SBA, one of our core objectives is to provide access to capital, but that’s not the end of our commitment to America’s small business owners. It’s the beginning. We know small businesses need reliable lending to grow, but we also know it’s important to provide...
    SBA Administrator - April 11, 2014 - 4 comments
  • Today, with appreciation and humility, I begin my work as SBA Administrator and a relentless advocate for America’s 28 million small businesses. My journey as a first-generation immigrant born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to President Obama’s cabinet is one that could only happen...
    SBA Administrator - April 07, 2014 - 9 comments