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Partnerships Built To Last For Small Business: SBA Forges New Alliance With US Black Chamber

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Partnerships Built To Last For Small Business: SBA Forges New Alliance With US Black Chamber

By Marie Johns, Former Deputy Administrator
Published: July 27, 2012 Updated: July 27, 2012

Over the last three years, SBA has provided small businesses owners and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive in tough economic times. We’ve supported more than $80 billion in loans to more than 150,000 businesses in tight credit markets and worked to bring 1,000 community banks back to SBA lending. Today, we’re seeing commercial markets improve, but we know gaps still remain, especially in underserved communities.

Marie Johns signing MOU with USBC

 

At the SBA, and across the Administration, we are committed to building strong communities and creating an economy built to last. I was excited to participate in the Administration’s annual African-American Women’s Forum earlier this week at the White House to underscore that commitment and highlight SBA’s efforts increase access and opportunity in our community.

We’ve stepped up our outreach to underserved communities and held eight White House Economic Forums to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and networks they need to start, expand and create more jobs. Through that effort, we’ve had tangible results, reaching thousands of small business owners and millions more through social media. In addition, we established the Advisory Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) to get invaluable input on ways to improve our programs and services for our customers in underserved communities.

And we continue to look for new opportunities to expand our reach. That’s why today, I formalized a partnership with the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. to build on our efforts to support underserved communities that have been hit hard by the recession. This partnership is designed to increase the participation of African American small businesses in SBA programs, including:

President Obama has fought since the beginning of his Administration to support small businesses. The success of America’s small businesses is critical to our economy, our communities and our future. The partnership established today is yet another example of our commitment to creating an economy built to last-one that is inclusive, resilient and robust and brings more access and opportunity to more communities.

 

About the Author:

Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator

Marie Johns is a former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Comments:

Great Article! I think this is possibly the best way to promote small business entrepreneurs. Creating an economy which will last long, is the most important thing. All the minority community needs proper resources for the development and by having a joined business alliance, the economy will outshine in the long run. Thank SBA
Congratulations to the new partnership. I hope you build long lasting partnership and collaboration. More power.
Participation from various stakeholders in the community are definitely vital to the success of the economy. Enlightening to know steps are being taken to ensure that underserved groups are being given equal opportunities.
Much appreciations to you, Marie Johns, for not just informing us for all of the amazing opportunities created for us, the owners of small business, struggling to keep ourselves on the market and being competitive and for all of the efforts you put daily to help that happens!
Great Article! I think this is possibly the best way to promote small business entrepreneurs. Creating an economy which will last long, is the most important thing. All the minority community needs proper resources for the development and by having a joined business alliance, the economy will outshine in the long run.
I have enjoyed this article so much that I have read it multiple times and plan on coming back for any other articles you may publish.
Fantastic Marie Johns! Thank you for all your hard work in pushing forward opportunities for small business. Your tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thank you.....
Strategic Alliances are a necessary component for any program to be successful! Great resource for small business success.
start small business in rochester ny area send me imformation on grant from fedral goverment money to start a small business taxi service money grants that i dont have pay back.
Hi Terrell, Check out this blog post to see if you might qualify for a government grant: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/small-business-cents/government-grants-small-business%E2%80%94think-you-qual Government grants, for the most part, don't aren't given to those starting a business, paying off debt, or for covering operational expenses.

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