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  • If you own or operate one of the millions of independently-owned restaurants and bars that are the job creators and pillars of our nation’s Main Streets and neighborhoods, invite your neighbors to continue their Small Business Saturday festivities and wrap up a day of shopping small...
    SBA Administrator - November 23, 2016 - 3 comments
  • Small businesses need investors, and investors need small businesses. These are facts of life in the business world. And just like the chicken and the egg, you can’t have one without the other. But for businesses led by women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and other...
    SBA Administrator - October 13, 2016 - 2 comments
  • It was almost 100 years ago, on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified and women in America won the right to vote. As history (or her story) tells us, this right wasn’t won easily. It took three generations of brilliant, brave and unrelenting women to...
    SBA Administrator - August 26, 2016 - 2 comments
  • I love to tell the story of Parag Mehta and Hitesh Kothari. Parag and Mehta are best friends who grew up together in Gujarat, India. They came to the United States in 1983 and, with the help of a half-million dollar SBA-backed loan, bought and ran the oldest hardware store in Connecticut with a...
    SBA Administrator - May 06, 2016 - 1 comments
  • What creates two out of three net new American jobs; produces close to half of our nation’s goods and services (nonfarm private GDP); and can be found, coast to coast, in every small town, big city and rural enclave?The 28 million small businesses that propel our economy forward and define...
    SBA Administrator - April 26, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Editor's note: This blog first appeared on LinkedIn.America’s small business community is an economic powerhouse. Their sweat and labor creates two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. and contributes almost half of the nation’s economic productivity. Yet the latest research...
    SBA Administrator - April 05, 2016 - 4 comments
  • César Chávez once said, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” He understood that empowering local...
    SBA Administrator - March 31, 2016 - 0 comments
  • Summary: The President and this Administration are committed to modernizing the experience of government for the American people by leveraging advances in tech and innovation.“We’ve got some of the top talent…from all of the top tech companies. These folks are coming in...
    SBA Administrator - March 23, 2016 - 2 comments
  • Editor's note: This blog first appeared on LinkedIn. By now, the entire nation knows about the water crisis in Flint and the uncommon resilience demonstrated by families who’ve called this city home for generations. Much less is known about the economic progress that has been forged...
    SBA Administrator - March 14, 2016 - 3 comments
  • The FDIC has made much needed revisions to a myriad of proposed rules regarding the assessment of deposit insurance for small banks (under $10 billion in assets).  I applaud the bankers and trade associations’ roles in this effort, and the FDIC Board of Directors, for the adopted...
    SBA Administrator - March 10, 2016 - 0 comments

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