PITTSBURGH – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho officially administered the SBA Oath of Office to Kelly Hunt, the newly selected SBA Pittsburgh District Director.
The 10:00 a.m. ceremony was held at the SBA Pittsburgh District Office, located at 411 Seventh Avenue.
Hunt, a native of Washington County, now is responsible for the delivery and leadership of the SBA’s financial and business development programs throughout 27 counties in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to her SBA appointment, Hunt spearheaded the creation of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and Student Incubator at California University of Pennsylvania and served as its director.
An entrepreneur herself, Hunt brings “hands-on” experience in starting and operating businesses to her new role. The Air Force veteran holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems management coupled with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She recently finished the necessary coursework for her doctoral degree in organizational leadership and is completing her dissertation on individual entrepreneurial orientation.
Olson-Urtecho believes Hunt will flourish as a catalyst for business development in Western Pennsylvania. “She brings leadership, entrepreneurship and interpersonal communication skills to a region that is rich in resources, education and strong work ethics,” she said. “Pittsburgh often is showcased by national and international news media outlets for its many success stories and I expect that trend to continue under District Director Hunt.”
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