Cassius F. Butts was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011. He is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs in Region IV comprised of the eight Southeastern states. During his appointment, Cassius has managed oversight of five record breaking years for SBA lending in Region IV. Nearly $20 billion in SBA-backed loans were awarded to small businesses within Region IV. Under Cassius’s leadership, we have witnessed historic lending, record-breaking government contracting dollars awarded, and the highest number of entrepreneurs trained and counseled in SBA history.
During Cassius’s tenure at SBA, small businesses in the Southeast have witnessed a 24% increase in SBA-backed lending. Small businesses in the Southeast have been awarded $2.4 billion in federal contracts in fiscal year 2015. SBA resource partners have reached further in to our communities than ever before; 222,000 entrepreneurs were counseled and trained last year alone. Cassius has prioritized the reach to the Southeast’s underserved markets including woman-owned small businesses. He has also engaged communities by forging strategic alliance memorandums with over 100 organizations, business chambers, associations and foundations allowing the SBA to bring resources in to untapped markets. Under Cassius’s leadership the SBA has entered in to several alliances for the first time in history creating new avenues for entrepreneurs to succeed.
Cassius is a serial 15-year entrepreneur, a former college professor, and was previously employed with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where he began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow/Branch Chief in 2002 under the Bush Administration. It was at HUD where he assisted and advised the scoring committee on the newly established Multi-Million Procurement Contract. Since 1992, Cassius has worked in leadership positions for Bank of America, Fleet Bank, and the City of Atlanta. As a small business owner, he co-founded CB Consulting Group, LLC, which primarily offered entrepreneurial, strategy and community engagement services.
In 2013, he was appointed to the National Partnership Council and he is an active Policy Board Member for the Atlanta Federal Executive Board. Cassius is a graduate Atlanta’s Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University’s School of Public Administration. In addition, he obtained his Certificate of Grant Writing from Emory University’s Life Learning Institute. Cassius is extremely engaged with the small business community in many capacities and he is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.