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THURSDAY: Obama Cabinet Member to visit Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi as part of Main Street Road Tour

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Terry Sutherland, (202) 205-6919
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to visit local small businesses and walking tours of cities

WASHINGTON Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration will visit Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 7th as part of her five-day Delta Region Main Street Road Tour which will take her to five states and 11 cities. She will finish up in New Orleans on Friday, July 8.   

While in Jackson, Contreras-Sweet will dine at the Elite restaurant for breakfast. Throughout the day she will be accompanied by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber where they will conduct a Main Street Roundtable at IMS Engineers, visit and tour the Cathead Distillery along with a walking tour and visit to many small businesses in the Fondren neighborhood.

Later that afternoon Contreras-Sweet will tour Main Street Vicksburg with Mayor George Flaggs and visit many small businesses. She will then give remarks at a Vicksburg City Hall press conference.

WHAT: SBA Administrator visit to Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi.  
WHEN: July 7, 2016 (9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
WHERE: Jackson, Miss.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.  (141 E. Capitol St – Jackson, Miss.)

  • Elite Restaurant for Breakfast

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (126 E. Amite St., Jackson, Miss.)

  • Main Street Roundtable at IMS Engineers

11:30 a.m. – Noon (422 S. Farish St., Jackson, Miss.)

  • Visit and tour of Cathead Distillery                        

12:15 – 1 p.m. (McDade’s Market – 653 Duling Ave., Jackson, Miss.)

  • Walking tour and small business visits in Fondren neighborhood

Vicksburg, Miss.

2- 3:30 p.m. (Washington St.)

  • Tour Main Street Vicksburg and visit small businesses with Mayor George Flaggs

4 – 4:45 p.m. (City Hall – 1401 Walnut St., Vicksburg, Miss 39180)

  • Remarks – Vicksburg City Hall Press Conference



Sophia Kim,, (202) 427-7841
Thursday, July 7 by 8 a.m.


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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.