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TUESDAY: Obama Cabinet Member to visit Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Blytheville, Ark., as part of Main Street Road Tour

Advisory Date: 
Friday, July 1, 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 Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Blytheville, Ark., on July 5th 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 Cape Girardeau, Contreras-Sweet will tour the Catapult Creative House on Southeast Missouri State University focusing on student art in innovation and small business development.  While there she will meet with the University President, Dr. Carlos Vargas.  Following this visit she will visit several small businesses in the local area and lunch at the Minglewood Brewery.

Later that afternoon Contreras-Sweet will travel to and visit Blytheville, Ark. where she will be met by the mayor and local officials for a walking tour of the city and visits to small businesses. 


SBA Administrator visit to Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Blytheville, Ark.  

WHEN: July 5, 2016 (11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Catapult Creative House – Southeast Missouri State University
612 Broadway Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Tour Catapult Creative House (on Southeast Missouri State University campus) with focus on student art in innovation and small business development, marketing and commercialization of products and services. Joined by SE MO State University President Dr. Vargas.

Downtown Walking Tour
Starting Location at Indie House – 605 Broadway Street

12 - 12:30 p.m.

Walking Tour of Downtown small businesses including Indie House and Sloan & Themis.

12:30- 12:45 p.m.

Hard Hat Tour of Marquette Tech District –  338 Broadway Street AND Tour of codefi, 339 Broadway Street

Lunch at Minglewood Brewery
121 Broadway Street

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch at Minglewood Brewery with visit by owner and SE Mo. University students.



Blytheville, Ark.                       

Gather at the Greyhound Bus Station Visitor Center (3701 S. Division)

3:30 – 5 p.m.

  • Walking tour of the city with Blytheville mayor and local officials. Conduct visits to several small businesses.

Sophia Kim,, 202-427-7841
Tuesday, July 5 by 10 a.m.


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.