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UPDATE - WEDNESDAY: Obama Cabinet Member to visit Memphis, Tenn., Helena, Ark., and Clarksdale, Miss., 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 Memphis, Tenn., Helena, Ark., and Clarksdale, Miss. on July 6th 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 Memphis she will meet with the Mayor and other officials as she takes a walking tour of the Beale St. and Tennessee’s 2016 SBA Minority Business of the Year. After her visit to Memphis she will travel to Helena, Ark., where she will be met by the mayor and other officials for a walking tour on Cherry St. and will get to visit and interact with several small businesses.  Later that afternoon Contreras-Sweet will be in Clarksdale, Miss. Where she will be part of a discussion on “Small Business Lending in the Delta” and will take a walking tour of the city and a visit to the Delta Blues Museum.


SBA Administrator visit to Memphis, Tenn.; Helena, Ark., and Clarksdale,  Miss.  

WHEN:   July 6, 2016 (10:15a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Memphis, Tennessee                     

10:15-10:45 a.m. (Handy Park - 200 Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.)

  • Walking tour of Beale St. with Mayor Jim Strickland and local officials (previous bullet about press conference was deleted)

11:45 a.m.

  • Visit Carpenter Primary Healthcare (2016 SBA Tenn. Minority business of the Year)

WHERE:        Helena, Ark.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. (Parking and gathering at York and Walnut)

  • Cherry St. walking tour with Mayor Jay Hollowell and local officials. Visit several  local small businesses.

WHERE:        Clarksdale, Miss.

            4 – 4:30 p.m.

  • (Starting point - Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Inc - 252 Delta  Ave., Clarksdale, Miss.)

  • Small business walking tour of Clarksdale with Mayor Bill Luckett.

4:30 - 5 p.m. (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, Miss)

  • Tour Delta Blues Museum



MEDIA RSVP:  Sophia Kim,,  (202) 427-7841
 Wednesday, July 6 by 8 a.m

To learn more about the Main Street Road Tour visit --


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.