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Posts by Maria Contreras-Sweet

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  • This week, I will join President Obama in Nairobi, Kenya, for the sixth-annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit. GES 2015 will shine a spotlight on the extraordinary potential of entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.Five of the world’s 10-fastest growing economies are African....
    SBA Administrator - July 21, 2015 - 9 comments
  • On July 4, 1776, fifty-six men in Philadelphia had a choice. They could continue to live under tyranny, or they could take a stand for liberty.They chose liberty.This weekend, in backyards and front lawns across the country, we celebrate the courage that emboldened our independence. We celebrate by...
    SBA Administrator - July 02, 2015 - 4 comments
  • When I started my businesses, it was overwhelming. I had to set up a legal structure, find office space, learn local zoning laws, apply for multiple licenses and permits, and navigate a maze of city, county, state and federal requirements before I could even open my doors.The process shouldn’...
    SBA Administrator - June 23, 2015 - 3 comments
  • Memorial Day is America’s most solemn holiday – a day to honor the sacrifices of those who have given their lives in defense of our country and the values we hold dear.So, today, we pay tribute to our service members and veterans who have served their country in our armed forces. We are...
    SBA Administrator - May 22, 2015 - 0 comments
  • “Our small businesses represent what is best about our nation – the idea that with determination and responsibility, anyone can build a better life for themselves and their loved ones.” —President Barack Obama, 2015 National Small Business Week proclamation  The...
    SBA Administrator - May 08, 2015 - 7 comments
  • Every year since 1963, the President has signed a proclamation declaring National Small Business Week.  Today, at the eMerge Conference in the melting pot of Miami, I kicked off the week by reminding America’s entrepreneurs to “dream big, start small.”The U.S. Small Business...
    SBA Administrator - May 04, 2015 - 5 comments
  • With apologies to baseball and your mother’s apple pie, nothing is more American than National Small Business Week.Our country was founded by risk-taking pioneers in search of new horizons. More than two centuries later, what sets America apart in the world is the willingness of our...
    SBA Administrator - April 27, 2015 - 0 comments
  • One year ago, I took my oath to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the federal agency chartered by Congress in 1953 to support America’s entrepreneurs.Our country was founded by fearless pioneers who crossed an ocean in search of new opportunities. Nearly two and a half...
    SBA Administrator - April 13, 2015 - 7 comments
  • Cosigned by current SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and former SBA Administrators Karen G. Mills , Steve Preston, Hector Barreto, and Aida AlvarezBy 2030, more than 2 billion Asian consumers are expected to join the global middle class. In 15 years, the Asian market is projected to be six...
    SBA Administrator - March 23, 2015 - 14 comments
  • In Milan, America Lights an Entrepreneurial SparkPresident Obama calls entrepreneurship the most powerful force the world has ever known for lifting people out of poverty. This week, as small business innovators gathered in Milan for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), few would disagree...
    SBA Administrator - March 23, 2015 - 1 comments

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