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SBA Announces Selection of New District Director for North Florida

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Release Number: 
NFL21-01
Contact: 
Nayana Sen (904) 443-1900
Jacksonville, FLA. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the selection of Mr. Michael Barrera as North Florida District Director. He will oversee the implementation of SBA programs and services across 43-counties in North Florida.
 
Barrera is an experienced attorney with over 30-years of business, government, legal, and
non-profit experience. He has an extensive history with the small business
community. He previously served as the SBA’s third National Ombudsman from 2001 to 2005,
where his office assisted small businesses, who were subject to overburdensome federal
regulations. He also served as the first director of the agency’s Business MatchMaking program
from 2003 to 2005. Barrera served as an internal Ombudsman for SBA’s Office of Disaster
Assistance employees, after the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico, Florida, and
Texas in 2017 and 2018.
 
“The economic prosperity for entrepreneurs is critical for our local communities and our nation's economy.  I look forward to working with all of our resource partners in order to provide tools that will assist small businesses in Northern Florida start and grow their businesses and achieve their American dream,” stated Barrera.
 
In addition to his SBA experience, Barrera served as the President and CEO of the United
States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Washington DC); Director of Entrepreneurship for the
LIBRE Institute (Denver, CO. and Kansas City, MO); and President of the National Business
Information Clearinghouse (Denver, CO).
 
In his past roles Barrera has testified before Congress, and has served as both a national
and regional spokesperson on issues critical to the business and Hispanic community appearing
in many national media outlets. In 2007, he was named as one of “America’s Top Diversity
Advocates” by Diversity Business.Com. In 2008, Latin Business Magazine named Barrera
one of the top 100 influential Hispanics in Business. His community experience includes serving
as a past board member for the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, co-founder of the Hispanic Bar
Association of Greater Kansas City and past board member of HACR (Hispanic Association of
Corporate Responsibility).
 
Barrera received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s
degree from Kansas State University. He was also educated at Harvard Business School and the
Marshall School of Business at USC. He is a native of Kansas City, Missouri.
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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.