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Advocacy Appoints Bruce LeVell to Serve as Region 4 Advocate

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 1:30pm
Release Number: 
18-03 ADV
Contact: 
Emily Theroux

Advocacy Appoints Bruce LeVell to Serve as Region 4 Advocate

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bruce LeVell has been appointed to serve as the SBA Office of Advocacy’s Region 4 Advocate. In this role, LeVell will advocate on behalf of small businesses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He will work with small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, and small business associations to help the Office of Advocacy voice the region’s small business concerns before the White House, federal agencies and Congress.

“Region 4 has an excellent advocate in Bruce LeVell,” said Major Clark III, acting Chief Counsel for Advocacy. “LeVell’s experience as a small business owner and business growth strategist has well prepared him to make meaningful contributions to the Office of Advocacy’s role as the watchdog for unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations on small business,” he continued.

LeVell brings over 25 years of experience as a successful small business founder and owner to the job of regional advocate. He has operated and developed a retail and real estate company, both of which received SBA loans. For seven years, he served as the chairman of operations at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the regional mass transit system that moves 450,000 passengers daily. LeVell will be based in SBA’s Region 4 Office in Atlanta.

“I have the utmost respect for small business owners and their struggle to thrive in today’s harsh regulatory environment,” said LeVell. “I am honored to represent the Office of Advocacy in the South and serve as the voice for small businesses in this unique region of the United States.”

The Office of Advocacy has regional advocates to represent each of the 10 federal regions, and a Rural Affairs Advocate who represents rural areas in all regions. The advocates help identify new issues and concerns of small business owners. They work closely with local government  officials, state officials and legislators, and the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to develop programs and policies that support small business growth.

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Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.  Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office.  The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers.  Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern.  Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts.  For more information on the Office of Advocacy, visit www.sba.gov/advocacy, or call (202) 205-6533.