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San Antonio LGBT Chamber presents award to SBA

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Release Number: 
16-05 SADO
Nina Ramon | 210-403-5920

San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce presented U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Director with an award during their annual State of the Chamber event March 31, 2016.

The event, held at the downtown Frost Bank Plaza Club, celebrated the victories of the community for 2015. The chamber’s president, Luis Vasquez, shared this year’s vision for the organization.

During the event, Anthony Ruiz, SBA San Antonio District Director, was presented with their Advocacy Award.

“It is such an honor to be able to give the advocate award to Mr. Ruiz,” said Vasquez. “In such a short period of time since he has been here as the [SBA San Antonio] District Director, he has opened many opportunities for the chamber and its members and really given us an equal seat at the table.”

The SBA and the LGBT community are continually working together to spur entrepreneurial activity and to ensure the more LGBT entrepreneurs have the tools and resources available to grow small businesses and create jobs.

“The SBA is taking action to help America’s entrepreneurs start, build and grow businesses and that includes all people living in the United States of America.”, said Ruiz. “By building a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation, we strengthen the national economic recovery and growth.”

Last March Ruiz took the position as the district director; he previously served as the Assistant District Director for the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

The LGBT inclusion and outreach initiative aims to bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBT business community providing access to SBA programs and services.

“I am proud of Anthony Ruiz our District Director  for the San Antonio District office for his continual support of entrepreneurs  from all communities, demographics and backgrounds,” said Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, South Central Regional Administrator. “SBA is a Smart, Bold, Accessible Agency that supports the entire spectrum of American small businesses, who together, drive innovation and keep us globally competitive.”

In a decisive response to President Obama’s charge that all federal agencies move toward greater inclusion of historically disenfranchised groups, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) devised a bold plan to position the Agency at the vanguard of LGBT inclusion among federal agencies and departments.

To learn about the SBA’s LGBT Outreach initiative visit,



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