Sarah Bard was appointed Director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Small Business Administration in December 2013. Bard is responsible for coordinating with faith-based and...
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About Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
As one of twelve affiliate partnership centers coordinated by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at various federal agencies, the SBA office works on behalf of Americans committed to improving communities and providing effective leverage and coordination of resources and initiatives.
A key feature of the office’s work involves technical assistance, education, training and entrepreneurial and business development opportunities that address specific challenges and needs. The office supports agency efforts to increase awareness and education of the SBA’s contracting, capital access, counseling, and disaster preparedness programs. In 2014, the office launched events, online trainings and collaborations aimed at increasing awareness of these key agency programs.
The office was established by, and follows the guidelines, operational policy and statutory requirements of Executive Order 13279, Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations.
About The White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
On February 5, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This Office and multiple designated Federal agencies, including the SBA, will work on behalf of Americans committed to improving their communities, no matter their religious or political beliefs.
For more information on the White House Office and Federal Centers for FBNP please visit: White House and Federal Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships