Thank you, Chairwoman Bailey. Hello everyone. I’m Doug Kramer, and as the Chairwoman said, I’m the Deputy Administrator at the SBA. It’s a pleasure to speak with you all, because when it comes to making HUBZones work, the people in this room make the rubber hit the road.
I’m here with a simple message: From SBA’s point of view, working in these zones isn’t just a priority, it’s a necessity. That’s not just the perspective of the Small Business Administration, but of the Obama Administration. For us, this is a top priority.