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SBA Takes Part in Muslim Business Leadership Roundtable

Published: April 10, 2014 Updated: May 15, 2014

I had the pleasure to recently participate in the White House Business Council and Office of Public Engagement’s Roundtable with Muslim-American Business Leaders that brought together the business and faith-based community for a dialogue on how to support small businesses that start, grow and create job that sustain our nation’s economy.

The forum recognized the tremendous contributions of Muslim American entrepreneurs and small business owners. There were nearly 40 business owners in attendance that represented various industries and sectors of small business. The roundtable provided a platform to acquaint business leaders taking part with SBA’s programs and services that are available to assist small businesses.

Joining me at the roundtable was SBA’s John Shoraka, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development and Ann Marie Mehlum, Associate Administrator for Capital Access. Other participating agencies included the National Economic Council and the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. 

The conversation outlined the progress that SBA has made in supporting entrepreneurs, including minority-owned small businesses, and laid the groundwork for greater collaboration in the coming months with these important community leaders. 

The SBA was privileged to have a seat at the table to help address the needs of the Muslim-American business community. It gave us an opportunity to tell the story of SBA’s mission to counsel and assist businesses, and to strengthen the economy of our nation. We were able to provide information about our key programs they can use to grow their businesses. This includes SBA’s lending programs that work to address gaps in capital, as well as our government contracting programs that help small businesses compete in the federal marketplace.

SBA’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives works to build strong relationships with both secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations to encourage entrepreneurship, support economic growth and promote prosperity for all Americans.

We at SBA recognize the important role of all business communities and networks in economic development at the federal level, and that partnerships can provide effective and valuable steps in moving forward to engage and impact communities, especially those that are underserved and economically challenged.

We are working to ensure that the nation’s job creators have access to the tools they need to build, grow and strengthen. 

About the Author:

Sarah Bard
Sarah Bard is the Director of Faith Based and Community Initiatives.


I think this is great. As Americans we all need to work together to strengthen our economy. Strengthening every group, empowers all of us and generates more tax dollars for our government. Great article.
Thanks. All sectors of America working together will strengthen US economy and we will continue to lead the world.
Minority group like muslim communities needs all support towards strengthening the business base whereby they can work for the upliftment of countries revenue factor.
That's good that your are working to ensure that the nation’s job creators have access to the tools they need to build, grow and strengthen.

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