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  • 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 - 3 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 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 times larger than the U.S. market. Increasingly, we...
    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
  • If there’s broad agreement that small businesses are the engine that powers the American economy, shouldn’t it be easier to fuel the tank?Access to credit continues to bedevil too many U.S. entrepreneurs. Eighty percent of small business loan applications are rejected, according to some...
    SBA Administrator - February 11, 2015 - 15 comments
  • If the U.S. jobs data released on the first Friday of every month is starting to sound like a broken record, it’s because records continue to be broken.The American economy added 267,000 private-sector jobs in January. That’s 59 straight months of consecutive job growth, the longest...
    SBA Administrator - February 06, 2015 - 11 comments
  • President Obama sent his budget to Congress this week for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes a request for $701 million for SBA so we have the resources we need to help small businesses hire and grow and continue the momentum of our economic recovery.The president’s budget includes important...
    SBA Administrator - February 06, 2015 - 0 comments
  • During his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. … 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside our borders, and we can’t close ourselves off from...
    SBA Administrator - January 23, 2015 - 4 comments
  • Yesterday, faith leaders and parishioners in communities across this country gathered to reflect on the teachings of America’s most important civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who once said that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter....
    SBA Administrator - January 19, 2015 - 2 comments

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