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Terri L. Denison

District Director
Terri L. Denison

Terri Denison became the District Director for the Georgia Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in May 2002.

Ms. Denison started her SBA career in 1987 as a Presidential Management Intern at the Agency’s Washington, D. C. District Office. In 1989, she moved to the SBA’s Headquarters Office. Here, Ms. Denison worked with the Agency’s Minority Enterprise Development and One Stop Capital Shop programs and as a Field Operations Analyst in the Office of Field Operations. In 1994, she served as an SBA representative on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community Interagency Task Force.

In 1996, Ms. Denison became the Deputy District Director of the SBA’s Indiana District Office. In the fall of 2000, she was one of seven individuals nationwide selected to participate in the SBA’s District Director’s Candidate Development Program. Assignments included serving as the Acting Deputy District Director in the Los Angeles District Office and the Acting District Director in Wisconsin.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Ms. Denison holds a B.A. Degree in American Government from Cornell University and an M.A. Degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Entrepreneurs and Small Business Coordinating Network.

Ms. Denison was included in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Who's Who in Black Atlanta. She was honored in 2006, 2007, and 2008 by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta's 100 Most Influential Black Women and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle the past several years as one of the "Top 100 People in Banking and Finance". In June 2010, Ms. Denison received a Special Recognition Award from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.