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Partnerships Built To Last For Small Business: SBA Forges New Alliance With US Black Chamber

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Partnerships Built To Last For Small Business: SBA Forges New Alliance With US Black Chamber

By Marie Johns, Former Deputy Administrator
Published: July 27, 2012 Updated: July 1, 2016

Over the last three years, SBA has provided small businesses owners and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to not only survive, but thrive in tough economic times. We’ve supported more than $80 billion in loans to more than 150,000 businesses in tight credit markets and worked to bring 1,000 community banks back to SBA lending. Today, we’re seeing commercial markets improve, but we know gaps still remain, especially in underserved communities.

Marie Johns signing MOU with USBC


At the SBA, and across the Administration, we are committed to building strong communities and creating an economy built to last. I was excited to participate in the Administration’s annual African-American Women’s Forum earlier this week at the White House to underscore that commitment and highlight SBA’s efforts increase access and opportunity in our community.

We’ve stepped up our outreach to underserved communities and held eight White House Economic Forums to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and networks they need to start, expand and create more jobs. Through that effort, we’ve had tangible results, reaching thousands of small business owners and millions more through social media. In addition, we established the Advisory Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) to get invaluable input on ways to improve our programs and services for our customers in underserved communities.

And we continue to look for new opportunities to expand our reach. That’s why today, I formalized a partnership with the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. to build on our efforts to support underserved communities that have been hit hard by the recession. This partnership is designed to increase the participation of African American small businesses in SBA programs, including:

President Obama has fought since the beginning of his Administration to support small businesses. The success of America’s small businesses is critical to our economy, our communities and our future. The partnership established today is yet another example of our commitment to creating an economy built to last-one that is inclusive, resilient and robust and brings more access and opportunity to more communities.


About the Author:

Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator

Marie Johns is a former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 


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Thank you Dr. Marie Johns [e.g., Deputy Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration] for joining the Black Chamber of Commerce because as a small business owner [e.g. My "NAPC" Website], I truly applaud the federal government for partnering with a phenomenal organization! This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our Community Best Practices for more information about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.
You are doing a great job here. Resources for minority communities is very well needed to create opportunities for people who want businesses. This will definitely make for better communities and more jobs.


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