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SBA Administrator Guzman Concludes AANHPI Heritage Month with Small Business Visits in Washington, D.C.

Under Biden-Harris Administration, AANHPI-Owned Businesses are Booming

WASHINGTON – On Friday, May 31, Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses, closed out Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with visits two AANHPI-owned small businesses in Washington, D.C. to highlight how the President’s Investing in America economic agenda is uplifting AANHPI entrepreneurs. 

Administrator Guzman first visited Hiraya Cafe and Restaurant, a Filipino eatery that opened in fall 2023. There, Administrator Guzman met with co-owners Chef Paolo Dungca and Jeremy Canlas to discuss their appreciation for the beauty and history of the Philippines and their journey to entrepreneurship.  

Administrator Guzman then traveled to Malai, a South Asian inspired ice cream shop that opened its first D.C. location earlier this month. At Malai, Administrator Guzman spoke with founder and owner Pooja Bavishi about her experience as a first-generation Indian-American entrepreneur and sampled some of her unique ice cream flavors. 

With more than 3 million small businesses across the nation, AANHPI entrepreneurs have played an indispensable role in the Biden-Harris Administration's historic Small Business Boom. After declining from 2017 to 2020, SBA-backed loans to AANHPI-owned businesses are once again on the rise, with loan count and total dollars both increasing by more than a third since 2020.   

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