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Thank you, Senator Rockefeller, for that kind introduction---and for your support of the SBA and America’s small businesses.

Senator Rockefeller has been a long-time leader in boosting the sale of American-made goods and services to markets around the globe.

And I particularly want to thank you for pushing for a key provision in the Small Business Jobs Act that supported export promotion.

This is critical to job creation efforts and to making West Virginia and our nation more competitive.

Good morning! What a crowd! Innovation is alive and well in America.

My name is Doug Kramer and I’m the deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

I was told that my job here this morning is to wake you up, but I can see that you are already wide awake and finding ways to connect, innovate and transform.

So instead, I’d like to spend a few minutes talking about why the work you do is so important to our nation and our future.

 

Good morning. It’s great to be here with you, Xiushan Li (pronounced Shee-oh Sean Lee), to talk about how we can work together to promote a force that is strong in both of our countries – the entrepreneurial spirit.

I believe that this commonality is the root of our mutual success, both now and in the future.

I’d like to begin by spending a few minutes talking about the U.S. Small Business Administration and what we do to support small businesses and create jobs.

 

My name is Doug Kramer and I’m the Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

On behalf of SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, welcome to day five of National Small Business Week.

Before I begin, I would like to recognize SBA’s Illinois district director, Bo Steiner, and our hard-working Illinois staff, as well as the Midwest regional administrator Marianne Markowitz.

 

Good morning.

I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge Dennis (Foldenauer) for his leadership at Chicago’s U.S. Export Assistance Center, as well as Pat (Hayes) who leads the Cleveland office, and Larry (Cresswell), our director in St. Louis. Together, they put together today’s program.  

Thank you for all the work you all do to help entrepreneurs throughout the Midwest reach beyond our borders.

What a view!

Good evening. My name is Doug Kramer and I’m the deputy administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners. Your accomplishments and contributions to this great state and our nation are proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is thriving.

I don’t want to take too much of your time right now – especially since you’ll be hearing more from me later on -- but I did want to take this opportunity to say a few words about the important work that Michigan’s small business development centers are doing.

My name is Doug Kramer and I’m the Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

I’m honored to be here tonight as we celebrate National Small Business Week across the country. I’d like to echo Governor Snyder’s congratulations to tonight’s award winners. Looking around this room, it’s obvious that small business is alive and well here in Michigan.

Before I begin, I’d like to acknowledge the SBA’s incredible district office, including Deputy Director Connie Logan and her staff, and SBA’s Region 5 office, led by Marianne O'Brien Markowitz.

My name is Doug Kramer and I’m the Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

On behalf of SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, welcome to National Small Business Week.

Before I begin, I would like to thank our great friends at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Research Institute for making this wonderful venue available for today’s event.

I’d also like to acknowledge Cassius Butts, Terri Denison and David Perry for their extraordinary leadership here at the SBA in Georgia and around the region.   

Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity to be with you.

Thank you for that introduction and for the invitation to be with you today. Let me take this opportunity to thank the hosts of the conference for their important work. I’d also like to recognize Minister al-Rabiah and Dr. al-Dawood for their leadership and the dialogue we began yesterday about the tremendous job-creating potential of Saudi Arabia’s entrepreneurs, and the exciting opportunity to stand up Saudi Arabia’s new SME Authority.

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