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THIS WEEK: Obama Cabinet Member Tours Oahu Small Business Community

SBA Administrator will join Governor Ige, Senators Hirono & Schatz, & Congressman Takai
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Release Number: 
MA15-55
Contact: 
Miguel Ayala (202) 450-0148

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will meet with various small business owners, community leaders and SBA partners as she tours the island. Throughout her two days on the island, she will be joined by Governor David Ige, Senators Mazie Hirono & Brian Schatz, and Congressman Mark Takai.

On Wednesday morning, she will tour XLR8UH, which recently won the SBA’s Growth Accelerator competition, at the University of Hawaii- Manoa.   Later that day she will participate in a roundtable at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and then visit the Patsy Mink Center for Business and Leadership, home of an SBA Women’s Business Center, for a roundtable with women small business owners. Afterwards, she will participate in a business roundtable at the State Capitol building.

On Thursday, she will present Governor Ige with a STEP Grant, funding that will help small businesses in Hawaii engage in international trade.  She will then participate in a forum to further discuss exports and trade. Later that day, the Administrator will address a Boots to Business class at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. She will then visit Manoa Chocolate in Kailua and tour Pelatron in Honolulu, before sitting down with Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10am HST

WHAT:

XLR8UH Accelerator Tour and Roundtable

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet & Senator Hirono

 

WHERE:

C-MORE, 1950 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

     

11:30am HST

WHAT:

Capital Access Roundtable

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet & Senator Hirono

 

WHERE:

1132 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

     

1:45pm HST

WHAT:

Visit to Mink Center for Business and Leadership

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet & Senator Hirono

 

WHERE:

YWCA, 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

     

3:15pm HST

WHAT:

Small Business Roundtable

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet & Congressman Takai

 

WHERE:

State Capitol, Room 325

 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

9:30am HST

WHAT:

STEP Grant Presentation and Export Forum

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet, Governor Ige & Senator Schatz

 

WHERE:

521 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 260, Honolulu, HI 96813

     

1:45pm HST

WHAT:

Small Business Visit – Manoa Chocolate

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet

 

WHERE:

315 Uluniu Street, Kailua, HI, 96734

     

1:45pm HST

WHAT:

Native Hawaiian Roundtable

 

WHO:

Administrator Contreras-Sweet

 

WHERE:

3375 Koapaka Street, Honolulu, HI 96819

 

Media interested in setting up interviews or wanting to RSVP for any of these events should contact Jane Sawyer at jane.sawyer@sba.gov.

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