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PHOTOS: The SBA 100 -- 100 businesses that created 100 jobs each with help from the Small Business Administration

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PHOTOS: The SBA 100 -- 100 businesses that created 100 jobs each with help from the Small Business Administration

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: August 2, 2011 Updated: August 2, 2011

I’m pleased to announce the SBA 100, a showcase of 100 small businesses that got SBA help to create at least 100 jobs. These include Main Street businesses ranging from small brewery in Delaware to a Dairy Queen owner in Alaska.  They also include high-growth, high-impact firms that have made a major impact on our economy, like Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear, which now generates over $1 billion in annual revenue. 

Screenshot of SBA 100 gallery. Click here to visit.

Enter the SBA 100 Gallery

 

What they all share in common is that they directly benefited from SBA help at a critical moment in their growth.  Some received great advice from our staff or our counselors.  Many got SBA loans.  Others won federal contracts.  Still others used unique programs like Small Business Investment Companies or the Small Business Innovation Research program.

I’m looking forward to visiting my first SBA 100 business this week in Madison, Wisconsin: Full Compass, an audio/video and lighting equipment firm. Back in the early 80s, they received an SBA 7(a) loan to start building their business.  Today, they have 180 employees, a new 80,000-square-foot facility, and $100 million in annual sales.

Browse through the gallery of stories and – if you’re a small business owner – see how the SBA might be able to help you build, expand, and hire.  If you know someone who wants to start a business, forward them the link: www.sba.gov/100

And keep in mind that this is just a small cross-section of the millions of small businesses we’ve helped in recent years.  Now more than ever, the SBA stands ready to help all kinds of small businesses do what they do best: grow a business, create jobs, and drive our economy forward.

About the Author:

Karen Mills

Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.

Comments:

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Creating 100 jobs is no easy task and just goes to demonstrate the importance of small businesses across the US.
Hi! It just shows how sba.gov has helped many entrepreneur...
Hi! I'm liking your website closely follows a very nice thank you very much exchange of information...
We need more operations like this through out the world this is one of the reason I'm joining politics there's a lot of gap that need fixing.
I just wanted my business could proudly refer as employment gerator of such quantities of jobs. I'm sure it will some day near.
Its not too hard to imagine that some of these companies are creating a lot of jobs. Theres some big brands on the list like Great Clips.
Nice read, you are pretty fluent. I don't really get the comparison between the SBA and the open business though, explain?
Pretty cool, but you're touching a pretty controversial subject that you can't just eliminate with this post.
Creating 100 jobs is no easy task and just goes to demonstrate the importance of small businesses across the US.

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