WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Patricia Brown-Dixon to be Regional Administrator for Region VII, which encompasses Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Brown-Dixon has worked for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for more than 25 years. Currently, she serves as Director of the Heartland Office of Small Business Utilization. In that role, she is responsible for managing the agency’s efforts to support small businesses in the region.
“Pat has worked with and supported small businesses throughout her public service career,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “I’m pleased that as Region VII Administrator, she will be able to draw on her strong ties to the region and a wealth of experience providing tools and resources to small businesses so they can grow and create jobs.”
“I’m excited to be joining Administrator Mills, and the SBA staff here in the region and throughout the country,” said Brown-Dixon. “I look forward to helping implement the Small Business Jobs Act and supporting the small businesses in Region VII that are the engine of our economy.”
Brown-Dixon has spent her career working alongside the small businesses in the four-state region, as well as across the country. She serves as the Chairperson of the Small Business Committee of the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board. She has won numerous awards for small business advocacy, including the SBA Kansas City District Office’s 1995 Minority Business Advocate of the Year award. In 2007, she received the Excellence in Partnership Award from the Coalition of Government Procurement, and in 2009, she was named Advocate of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Minority Enterprise Development Week Committee. Just recently she was selected as a 2011 Woman of Influence by the Kansas City Business Magazine.
Brown-Dixon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Education from Philander Smith College, in Little Rock, Ark., and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. She has one son.
As Region VII Administrator, Brown-Dixon will oversee SBA operations throughout its district offices in Des Moines, Iowa; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Wichita, Kan.