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Making Government Work Better for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: January 13, 2012 Updated: August 6, 2015


Today was an important day for America's small businesses.  President Obama asked Congress for the authority to reorganize and modernize government and he elevated my position as the SBA Administrator to Cabinet-level status.

These actions are a reflection of the importance he places on small business, economic growth, and job creation.

He asked Congress for the authority that Presidents from Hoover to Reagan have had to reorganize and modernize the federal government.  This authority lapsed in 1984, but, today, the federal government needs to be updated to ensure that it meets the demands of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the 21st century.

The President’s first proposal under this authority would be to create a unified department focused on economic growth and job creation, so that we can be more effective at helping businesses do what they do best – create jobs.

For the entrepreneurs and small business owners that SBA and other agencies serve, this is very good news.  A more integrated approach would ensure that small businesses would have access to all of the federal government’s programs in a more seamless, coordinated, and coherent way.

I’m honored to become a member of the President’s Cabinet, and I’ll continue to provide input to the President on how we can grow the economy and empower entrepreneurs and small business owners.  At the SBA, we will work to build on the accomplishments we’ve made over the past three years, such as the record $30.5 billion in SBA lending support we provided to over 60,000 small businesses last year.

It is important for Congress to act quickly to provide the President the authority he needs to make government work better and to help America’s businesses as they drive innovation and competitiveness, grow our economy, and create jobs.

About the Author:

Karen Mills

Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.


I can set up business but can not access to capital
Great... The government's role is very important for helping Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners...
I have same oponion with internet marketing . Very Cool! Congratulations on the promotion!
Congratulations! And small business getting some proper attention is also good news. For years politicians have been talking a good game, saying "small businesses are the backbone of the economy...yadda yadda yadda" yet not really doing much to promote real grassroots growth. They'll speak of making sure the "job creators" are untaxed, yet ignore the fact that many small businesses have created more jobs in recent years than the outsourcing and downsizing big corps have. I operate a small business and while we have only created a handful of jobs directly, we have helped dozens of other small businesses get started or grow to a point where they too created jobs. I feel pretty good about this ripple effect, but I would feel better if I had to pay zero taxes like the so-called job creators who shut down plants, lay off thousands and move facilities overseas - all while getting big tax breaks. Don't get me wrong - I want to pay my share. Just had to vent a little about the inconsistency of the tax policies. Again, congrats on the appointment and apologies for injecting politics.
I don't actually know bad is economical situation in the US, but in Ukraine rumors are spread that everything is going worther day by day. "Maybe this appointment will get the small businesses in America some attention? I sincerely hope so". You don't have such programs? Even in Ukraine we have them
Congratulations!  I hope this means SBA will increase its staff and reduce the paperwork currently required of applicants for its programs.  The current process is discouraging.  Please consider processing options that achieve the intended goals and maximize results.  Since banks have retreated, SBA is the chief guardian of small business.  We need you to come up with common sense solutions.  I wish you the best. 
Wow - lotta spam. Or perhaps bad language. While I applaud the concept of a cabinet-level position, I dispair of any solutions that require us to go to the bank to apply for SBA loans. The bank takes one look at most startup businesses, and says "no way." We are a startup - so by definition, no credit rating yet. Result: forget about SBA loans. Not happening. Maybe this appointment will get the small businesses in America some attention? I sincerely hope so.
Very Cool! Congratulations on the promotion! I hope it comes with a pay raise :) It is about time that Obama started paying real attention to small business... of course it is suspicious that he makes these changes right before his re-election campaign... will people really forget 3 years of wrong with 1 year of right?

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