Wood Selected as Deputy District Director for SBA

Release Date: 
Friday, May 11, 2018
Release Number: 
ND-18-07
Contact: 
Sheri Weston, 701-239-5044

Fargo, ND – Jaime L. Wood has been selected to serve as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) deputy district director for the North Dakota District Office. As Deputy District Director, Wood will promote small business resources across North Dakota including access to capital, counseling and training, government contracting, and disaster relief.

“I am excited to have Jaime join our local SBA team,” said SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut. “Her wealth of experience will help our office better serve small business across North Dakota.”

Prior to joining the SBA North Dakota District Office, Wood served at SBA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the Director for Policy and Engagement, in the Office of Veterans Business Development. Her efforts focused on SBA veteran related programs for active duty, National Guard and Reserve, service disabled veterans, military spouses, and survivors. While at SBA Headquarters, Wood participated in an interagency detail with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand veteran small business ownership in agricultural and rural areas.

“Small business and entrepreneurship are the economic engine of America,” said Wood. “The goods, services, and employment opportunities produced by North Dakota small businesses impact all the way up to the global level. I’m thrilled to serve with SBA’s North Dakota team and vast network of partners to continue assisting small businesses start and grow every day!”  

Wood began her U.S. Government civilian career in March 2006. Prior to SBA, she served in multiple military public affairs, strategic communication, and staff positions in U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, in Stuttgart, Germany. Her duties included several deployments to Africa and within Europe. She is a U.S. Army veteran having served as a military broadcast journalist.

Originally from South Dakota, Wood also spent part of her youth growing up in rural North Dakota. She is a Class of 2016 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master of Strategic Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland. 

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

About the SBA North Dakota District Office
The SBA North Dakota District serves the state of North Dakota with locations in Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. SBA North Dakota District staff provides resources and services in three areas referred to as “the three C’s” – counseling, capital and contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/nd or follow @SBA_NorthDakota for more information including resource partners, lenders, workshops, success stories and other resources to help business start, grow and succeed.