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Ben Raju, District Director

Ben Raju

Ben Raju is the District Director of the SBA’s Los Angeles District Office, serving Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. As District Director, he is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to aspiring and existing small business owners, SBA lenders and partners, which include business advisory services, capital access programs, entrepreneurial development, international trade development and contract procurement assistance.

Throughout his federal career, Mr. Raju has represented the SBA in various capacities throughout the United States, including as a representative in SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance, and as Assistant District Director of Lender Relations, and most recently as Deputy District Director for the Los Angeles District Office where he was responsible for providing the leadership, management and oversight required to optimize the deployment of all SBA programs and services. While he is passionate about utilizing his experience and assisting the diverse small business communities.
As District Director, Mr. Raju continues to engage the District’s many resources, ideas, industries, and cultures to create a strong eco-system where commerce can continue to thrive locally and have a dynamic influence globally.

Mr. Raju can be reached at lado@sba.gov, or by phone at 213-634-3855.