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Linda McMahon’s Personal Touch Reflects the Agency’s Approach of Service First

SBA Administrator Celebrates Two Years Supporting Entrepreneurs
Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Release Number: 
19-03-05
Contact: 
Chris Hatch christopher.hatch@sba.gov

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian

Shortly after President Trump swore her in as US Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon vowed to meet as many small business owners and their employees as she could. As their advocate in Washington, it has been of paramount importance the Administrator hears directly from our local entrepreneurs about their needs and concerns. Delivering on her promise, she has already visited all 68 of our District Offices in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, and so far has met and toured the factories, warehouses and kitchens of more than 800 small business owners.  

I’m proud of the hard work our field staff has put in to make these visits a success. I am equally as proud of the entrepreneurs who shared their stories of hardship and success. A recurring theme has been the important role SBA and our partner organizations have in turning those hardships into successes. From backing loans and mentoring businesses for startup and growth, to creating opportunities with our Emerging Leaders business development program and our 8(a) program helping minority-owned small businesses break into federal contracting, SBA is part of so many small business success stories.

Every business, every industry, every state is unique, and that was made clear everywhere the Administrator went in the Mid-Atlantic Region. During her visit to Philadelphia (her 53rd stop), we noshed on cheesesteaks from Steve’s Prince of Steaks while owner Steve Iliescu treated us like royalty and explained how an SBA loan gave him the financial safety net he needed to try expanding once again, leading to five franchises around the city; including one in a prime location two blocks from Philadelphia City Hall.  Steve and his crew recently reached back out to our Eastern Pennsylvania District Office to discuss more opportunities for growth. He’s ready for more, and we’ll be there right beside him.

Small businesses aren’t all mom-and-pop shops and corner restaurants. The diversity of our economy and the innovation of our small business owners prove the entrepreneurial spirit of this country is alive and well. Small manufacturers who provide anywhere from a handful to hundreds of jobs in communities where they’re really needed are our clients too. So too is the engineering student with ideas to improve our world. The SBA-backed Small Business Development Center at her university is there to guide her down the path to copyright her ideas, find investors and loans, and set up manufacturing facilities.

Name the small business, and SBA is very likely able to help. Find out more by visiting our website www.sba.gov.

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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, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.