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Michael P. Arriola, District Director

Mike ArriolaAs District Director, Mike Arriola oversees an office that drives economic development by assisting local entrepreneurs with starting and growing businesses. He also directs the implementation of SBA programs related to accessing capital, business advising, and government contracts.

Mike has been with the SBA since January 1998, when he joined the Guam Branch Office as a Loan Specialist and held numerous collateral duties, including Public Information Officer.

In February 2004, Mike accepted the Senior Area Manager position with the North Carolina District Office to open a satellite office in the city of Asheville and was responsible for delivering the agency’s programs and services to the 28 westernmost counties of the state. In July 2014, he moved to Charlotte to become the Deputy District Director. He was named District Director in May 2021.

A business and corporate banker by training, Mike has worked for various banks, including Chase Manhattan, Bank of Hawaii and HSBC. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a 1992 graduate of the Asian Institute of Management’s Advanced Bank Management Program. In 2010, Mike completed his Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University. He has also studied economic development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Government.