Welcome to the kickoff of National Small Business Week 2014. We're delighted that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is with us today. Leader Pelosi never stops fighting for America's small businesses. Thank you for so ardently championing our innovators.

We're also honored today to welcome one of America's youngest and most inspiring entrepreneurs.

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.  Thank you for having me.

Thank you, Joset, for that introduction.  I’m very pleased to be here. 

The SBA is lucky to have NMSDC as a partner.  You play a crucial role in supporting America’s small businesses. 

As we look at new ways of growing our economy, the SBA is committed to supporting small and minority suppliers.

Thank you.  Thanks to that panel.  Thanks to everyone for being here.

Earlier this year, we kicked off Startup America in this room.  It’s our Administration-wide effort to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate entrepreneurship.  I announced a number of commitments from SBA.

We said we’d start a nationwide mentor corps for entrepreneurs and high-growth firms.  We did it.  We funded 4 accelerators to match 100 promising clean-energy entrepreneurs with mentors who have “been there and done that.”

Good morning. I’m happy to be here. In the six months that I’ve been traveling the country as Deputy Administrator, I’ve heard time and again about business owners who, despite tough times, have used SBA loans to grow their business.

After credit markets froze and credit lines were cut, nearly 70,000 businesses got an SBA Recovery loan. And behind every one of those loans was the partnership between SBA and people like you. I think that deserves a round of applause.

Thank you for that introduction, Mark. (Mark Mills, President, APTAC). It’s great to be here with all the PTAC counselors from across the country.

I heard you had a little party last night. You deserved it. Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of this program. And thank you all for the impact you have made on thousands of small businesses across the country during that time.

I also want to thank the organizers for working with SBA staff yesterday on breakout sessions on subcontracting and helping small businesses apply for HUBZone and 8(a).

Good morning.

I’m so happy to be here at the first of a series of regional conferences on women’s entrepreneurship.

I want to thank all of the staff from SBA’s Denver Office for helping put this event together, including [Deputy District Director] Judy Witthohn, Amy McDowell, and Lonnie Koyama, as well as our Regional Administrator Dan Hannaher and District Director Greg Lopez.

Good morning.

Thank you, Steve [Steve Holt, President & CEO, One World Bank, Dallas, TX], for that generous introduction. I’m very happy to be here.

The National Bankers Association serves a vital role in our economy. For over eight decades, the NBA has advocated for the nation’s minority and women-owned banks and the communities they serve.

Good morning. Thank you Jess for your kind introduction

It’s a pleasure to be here. First of all, I want to congratulate you on your 30th anniversary. In the past three decades, SBDCs have served more than 12 million small business owners and entrepreneurs. That’s something we should all be proud of.

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.


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