SBA Administrator to Deliver Keynote Address at International Entrepreneurship Summit in New York

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Release Number: 
Carol Chastang (202) 205-6987

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Administrator Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will deliver the keynote address at the first-ever Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Knowledge Summit Thursday, May 11 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The MSME Knowledge Summit is organized by the International Council of Small Businesses, a nonprofit organization promoting the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The event will host a gathering of policy shapers and global private sector partners who will discuss the important role micro, small and medium-sized enterprises play as catalysts, creators and supporters in achieving the growth of sustainable businesses worldwide.  The summit will also focus on work toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ending poverty and promoting prosperity through global entrepreneurship.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to discuss the SBA’s role in helping small businesses launch and thrive,” McMahon said. “Exporting is an essential component of small business growth, and the SBA is here to help entrepreneurs discover new exporting opportunities, expand into new markets and compete in the global economy.”

MSME Knowledge Summit attendees will also hear from country ministers and dignitaries from Argentina, Arab Republic of Egypt, and Kuwait. Private sector representatives include Dr. Patrice Harris, Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation General Counsel Michael Falk. Other speakers include college presidents from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Visit the website at