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  • Editor's Note: This opinion piece originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal.As far back as the 17th century, Boston’s ports drove this city’s growth, attracting merchants and entrepreneurs who knew that access to trade routes meant access to customers an ocean away....
    SBA Administrator - January 21, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Editor's Note: This opinion piece originally appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.President Barack Obama spoke expansively about the power of innovation to shape our society and transform our economy in his hopeful, concluding State of the Union address Tuesday night:"[The] spirit of...
    SBA Administrator - January 14, 2016 - 1 comments
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) is buoyed by the energy and optimism of the entrepreneurs we meet across America. We’re one of the smallest cabinet-level agencies, but we have one of the biggest missions – supporting the small businesses that create the majority of new jobs in...
    SBA Administrator - December 22, 2015 - 2 comments
  • Cosigned by current SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and former SBA Administrators Karen G. Mills (2009-2013), Hector Barreto (2001-2006) and Aida Alvarez (1997-2001)This weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate “Small Business Saturday” by supporting the...
    SBA Administrator - November 27, 2015 - 4 comments
  • Today, I am proud to announce a new video series from (www.BizMyWay.com and www.sba.gov) SBA’s Millennial outreach initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.  Millennials are an irreplaceable part of the entrepreneurial community. Studies show that Millennials represent the most diverse age...
    SBA Administrator - November 19, 2015 - 2 comments
  • Recently, I had the pleasure of having lunch with three talented and dedicated SBA veterans (you can see the picture below). From right to left, you will first see Brian Goodrow, who is a Senior Field Operations Specialist and formerly flew planes as a naval officer. Next is Michael Cox, a Surety...
    SBA Administrator - November 10, 2015 - 0 comments
  • Editors note: This op-ed originally appeared in Stars & Stripes.Every year, about a quarter-million U.S. servicemembers transition out of the military. To know these men and women is to know that an overwhelming majority wish to continue to serve even after returning to civilian life.One of the...
    SBA Administrator - November 04, 2015 - 5 comments
  • Too often, small businesses don’t consider themselves at risk for a cyberattack. Maybe the business thinks it’s too small, or doesn’t think it carries anything worth stealing. But that’s far from the unfortunate reality. According to a 2013 Small Business Technology Survey...
    SBA Administrator - October 07, 2015 - 3 comments
  • By SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Square CEO Jack Dorsey  This October, America will take a major step to mitigate fraud and improve our financial security by migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that transmit sensitive customer data using magnetic stripes. In...
    SBA Administrator - September 17, 2015 - 4 comments
  • You start a new business funded by the savings of your family and friends. You feel a heavy weight. You work harder than you ever have to perfect your product, open your doors, manage your working capital and execute your plan. You start bringing in revenues. You even make a hire or two. You’...
    SBA Administrator - September 10, 2015 - 1 comments

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