Cleveland District Office | Leadership Biographies

Gil Goldberg, District Director

Gil Goldberg serves as District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Cleveland District Office.  He was appointed to the position in 1994.  As District Director, Gil Goldberg is responsible for the administration of a FY2016 business portfolio of over 1,828 individual loans for a total of more than $400 million.  Since the great recession, lending in the Cleveland District has increased 725% (SBA’s nationwide increase has been 449%).  He is responsible for the oversight of five SCORE chapters and 12 SBDC service centers in the northern 28 counties of Ohio.  He also handles the marketing efforts of one SBA sponsored micro-lender in the District, as well as the delivery and oversight of the Agency’s 8(a), and HUBZone government contracting programs for small business. 

In FY12 Director Goldberg also developed the New and Start-Up Small Business Initiative, partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  As a result of the Initiative, the District immediately saw a 30% increase in new and start-up business loan volume in FY12 over the previous year.   From the end of the great recession, start-up and new business loans increased 149%, and are now back to pre-recession levels.

In FY14, the District developed an initiative with Cuyahoga County.  The initiative is now being piloted in the Cities of Cleveland and Shaker Heights.  Under the pilot, the county matches the funds the cities contribute on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to the maximum amount of $500,000.  These funds are then used as a performance grant (supplemental equity) in conjunction with an SBA loan. The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and the Hebrew Free Loan Association are also partners in this County/City initiative. 

Mr. Goldberg recently served as Chairperson of the SBA Underserved Market Team, which developed recommendations to increase access to capital for those populations that have not yet participated in the nation-wide uptick in lending since the great recession.

Mr. Goldberg holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.  He resides in Shaker Heights with his wife Marcia.  They have three grown children and four grandchildren.  Mr. Goldberg served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.