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The SBA Administrator

MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET

MLK Weekend Sunday Service

Thank you, Reverend Harkins, for that introduction. I know your commitment to social justice stretches from the villages of Rwanda to the shores of Jamaica, and from the cells of America’s overcrowded prisons to the tenements where millions of immigrants live and work in the shadows to support their families.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit Closing Address

Hello, my friends, what an inspiring Global Entrepreneurship Week this has been. Let me begin by recognizing the commitment of our extraordinary hosts. Here in Marrakesh, from the opening youth summit to the inspirations of the Innovation Village, the world has seen the dynamic environment taking shape for the entrepreneur. Led by his majesty, King Mohammed, Morocco has embraced its proud legacy as a nation of traders, explorers and entrepreneurs to create a laboratory for experimentation – for youth, for women, and the betterment of the Moroccan people.

Millennial Entrepreneurs Kickoff Event

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Day 1 of Global Entrepreneurship Week. I’m so glad to be here at Prince George’s Community College to kick off this special week. I want to thank President Dukes, and the great team here at the Center for hosting us.

Later this evening, I’ll be hopping on a plane bound for Morocco to take part in this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The Summit was started by President Obama five years ago. It has since grown bigger and faster than its founder ever dreamed, which, of course, is the goal of any great startup.

Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship 2nd Annual Conference & Awards Reception Dinner

Good morning and welcome to Washington. Let me start by thanking Jeff Zients for his stalwart leadership. Jeff’s own experiences as an entrepreneur have really made him a special leader of the National Economic Council, and his proven ability to make our government work better has been a gift to the nation. In the private sector, Jeff started a nonprofit that has helped thousands of underserved youth prepare for college and careers, so he understands the importance of mentorship – and the pivotal role you all play.

SBA Growth Accelerator Conference

Good morning and welcome to Washington. Let me start by thanking Jeff Zients for his stalwart leadership. Jeff’s own experiences as an entrepreneur have really made him a special leader of the National Economic Council, and his proven ability to make our government work better has been a gift to the nation. In the private sector, Jeff started a nonprofit that has helped thousands of underserved youth prepare for college and careers, so he understands the importance of mentorship – and the pivotal role you all play.

Italian Embassy Innovation Symposium

Thank you, Ambassador Bisogniero, for that gracious introduction and to the Embassy of Italy for hosting today's symposium. I also want to recognize the delegates and scientific attachés from EU member nations and other countries who've joined us for today's symposium.

Today, we gather in the spirit of friendship and partnership to explore new avenues of collaboration between the United States and our EU partners in the areas of research and innovation.

National Summit of Middle Market Funds

Thank you, Bret, for that generous introduction, and thank to Chairman Blackburn and the entire Board of Directors for the invitation to be with you today.

All of us at the SBA appreciate the leadership role the SBIA plays in advancing common-sense financial reforms and working to ensure small businesses remain an important part of the economic conversation. And we're so proud of the work of our SBICs across the country for investing in small business growth.

Manufacturing Day

Good morning, everyone. I’m delighted to be here in Milford at First State Manufacturing – one of the SBA’s proudest success stories – to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. Today’s gathering is one of 1,500 events happening across America to shine the spotlight on 21st century manufacturing. To put that into perspective: It’s double the number of events held on National Manufacturing Day last year.

Americas Society / Council of the Americas Forum

Thank you for that kind introduction and for the invitation to be here today to talk about the growing role that small businesses play in our trading relationship with Mexico. Let me start by acknowledging that the Americas Society and Council of the Americas have been indispensable thought leaders in this area, and your work has helped to strengthen and expand North American commerce.

White House African-American Faith Leaders Briefing

Good afternoon.  It’s wonderful to be with you. I want to thank the Valerie Jarret and White House Office of Public Engagement – and Ashley Allison, in particular – for organizing today’s briefing.

Let me begin by asking for a show of hands. How many of you saw the President’s speech at the U.N. yesterday? I’d like to share some of what he said:

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