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Jane A. Sawyer serves as the District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Hawaii District Office. Appointed in 2009, she oversees all activities of the federal agency, from loans and lending relations with financial institutions to small business training and counseling assistance through SBA resource partners such as the Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and Women’s Business Centers. In addition, she works to ensure small businesses get their fair share of government procurements through the use of SBA’s contracting programs and certifications.
Sawyer joined SBA in 1993 as the Assistant District Director for Business Development to manage the delivery of programs providing training, counseling and technical assistance to nascent and existing small businesses. During her tenure, the Hawaii District Office provided new opportunities for small business owners by expanding outreach, developing innovative resources such as the Business Information and Counseling Centers, establishing two additional Small Business Development Centers (Guam and American Samoa) and two Women’s Business Centers (Hawaii and American Samoa), and creating strategic alliances with business and economic development organizations. She has been responsible for public communications, marketing and media relations as well as the successful annual SBA Small Business Awards program.
Sawyer manages a team of 10 loan and business specialists at the Hawaii District and Guam Branch offices. The district territory includes the State of Hawaii as well as American Samoa, Guam and other affiliated Pacific Islands.
A Hawaii resident since 1983, Sawyer brings previous experience in education and curriculum development, sales and marketing as well as small business ownership to her position. Sawyer is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She currently resides in Kailua.