Jobs Act Tour - RSVP Today!

Map of Jobs Act Tour with event dates for the 13 cities involved in the tour.

Meet with leaders from SBA, give input on new regulations, and learn how you can take advantage of new tools coming out of the Small Business Jobs Act.

Learn more about getting an SBA loan, competing for federal contracts, finding training and counseling resources, and starting or increasing exports.

  • More information on breakout sessions available here.

Details and RSVP - Click on your city!
City Date City Date


June 2 Miami March 28


March 30 New York March 30


April 1 San Antonio April 1
Chicago April 15

San Diego

June 3
Columbus March 28


May 9


May 24 Washington, DC April 27


April 15    

Speakers featured at various Jobs Act Tour events will include:

  • Karen Mills, Administrator (Bio)

  • Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator (Bio)

  • Joe Jordan, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting (Bio)

  • Penny Pickett, Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development (Bio)

  • Steve Smits, Associate Administrator for Capital Access (Bio)

  • Jess Knox, Associate Administrator for Field Operations (Bio)

  • Luz Hopewell, Acting Associate Administrator for International Trade (Bio)

  • Calvin Jenkins, Deputy Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development (Bio)

  • John Hale, Deputy Associate Administrator for Capital Access (Bio)

  • Gerard C. Flavin, Assistant Administrator for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Bio)

  • Ellen Thrasher, Director of Entrepreneurship Development (Bio)

  • Antonio Doss, Associate Administrator for Small Business Development Centers (Bio)

  • Taline Sanassarian, Senior Advisor, Office of International Trade

  • David Chait, Policy Associate, Office of the Administrator

  • Michael Blake, Associate Director, The White House Office of Public Engagement

  • Bibi Hidalgo, Senior Policy Advisor, The White House Office of Public Engagement

  • Ana Ma, Chief of Staff (Bio)

On Sept. 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade.

Putting More Capital in the Hands of Small Business Owners
SBA loans continue to be a critical tool for helping small businesses get the capital they need to grow and create jobs. The Small Business Jobs Act made permanent enhancements to SBA programs, such as raising the maximum size of our top two loan products (7(a) and 504) from $2 million to $5 million. In addition, temporary provisions in the new law include a Dealer Floor Plan financing pilot as well as a program that allows some owner-occupied businesses to refinance their commercial real estate mortgages using an SBA loan. Beyond the Jobs Act, SBA is taking several steps to better serve our lending partners and borrowers, to simplify and streamline loan programs, and to improve oversight of SBA lending. Whether you’re a small business owner or a prospective or current SBA lender, come and tell us your ideas, and learn more about the best new tools from SBA!

Strengthening Small Businesses’ Ability to Compete for and Win Federal Contracts
The federal government awards hundreds of billions of dollars each year in federal contracts, nearly one-fourth of which goes to small firms. The Small Business Jobs Act contained 19 provisions that will help small businesses compete more effectively for federal contracts and subcontracts. The SBA is rolling out these provisions that will help ensure more fairness, more opportunities, and more tools to help match federal agencies with small businesses that provide high-quality products and services. We want to hear from you about how we can effectively roll out new provisions, such as those relating to Multiple Award Contract set-asides, subcontracting, and mentor-protégé programs. Come, learn more about these new tools, and tell us your thoughts on how we can create the best possible environment for small businesses in the federal contracting arena! Learn more about the notice of public meetings

Expanding Resources for Counseling and Training
SBA has at least one District Office in each state, as well as about 14,000 affiliated counselors at Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE mentoring chapters. The Small Business Jobs Act is helping support these groups in a number of ways. For example, $50 million more is being provided to support the network of about 900 Small Business Development Centers throughout the country. Also, SBA is working with a broad group of counselors to equip them with more tools and information to help small firms start or increase exporting. Come and learn more about how SBA-affiliated counselors in your area can give small businesses the knowledge, tools, contacts and more to succeed!

Expanding Exporting Opportunities for Small Business
Small businesses looking for new opportunities to increase sales and profit, and take advantage of increased demand for high-quality U.S. goods and services should consider exporting. The Small Business Jobs Act includes exporting resources to help small businesses by making the SBA Export Express pilot loan program permanent, increasing maximum sizes for SBA's three export loan programs, and creating a new State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grants pilot program which will provide funds to states to assist small business interested in exporting. These expanded opportunities also help build upon President Obama's goal of doubling exports in the next five years via the National Export Initiative. Come and learn how small businesses can grow and succeed through exporting!

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