Patricia Brown-Dixon was appointed Region VII Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2011 by President Barack Obama. She administers the delivery of SBA’s small business programs and services throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa and promotes the agency, which focuses on access to capital, contracting and counseling and training services for small businesses.
Accomplishment over the last five years and continuing programs administered by SBA Regional Administrator Brown-Dixon:
- Manages the SBA program and service delivery of five district SBA offices and two branch office locations, with 40 SBA employees in the field and 2 in the regional office.
- Oversees the activities of 100 SBA-funded counseling and training centers in the region, which include 74 small business development centers; 23 SCORE chapters, four women’s business centers, and a regional veteran’s business development center.
- Administers oversight of three SBA grant-supported jobs accelerators of clustered industries: the KC Regional Jobs Accelerator; the St. Louis Bioscience Jobs and Innovation Cluster; and the Manned Aerial Spacecraft Cluster serving southcentral Kansas and northern Oklahoma.
- Oversees SBA grants and funding for special initiatives that include Boots 2 Business entrepreneurial training to returning military veterans and their spouses; State Trade and Export (STEP)grants to all four states and growth-oriented specialized trainings such as SCALE-UP Kansas City; SBA Emerging Leaders in St. Louis and Wichita. Coordinated the SBA’s InnovateHER business competitions in each state and a regional SBA ChallengeHer veteran’s women’s training event in Kansas City.
- Has spoken and continue to speak with small business owners across the region, at more than 24 meetings, about the Affordable Care Act’s SHOP program.
- Conducted two National Small Business Week Events - one in Kansas City and one in St. Louis - in support of National Small Business Week. She also led a local and regional competitions producing one National Small Business Person of the Year and one National Small Business Person of the Year runner-up; a national Small Business Exporter of the Year; two Women’s Business Center National Awards for Excellence; a National Veteran’s Business Outreach Center of the Year; a National SCORE Chapter of the Year; a National SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Graduate of the Year award winner, two national SBA Lender of the Year award winner s and a national Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence winner, recognizing a large prime contractor that has excelled in using small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.
- Worked with SBA’s Disaster Center West to provide SBA-funded counseling and financial assistance to homeowners, business owners and renters as victims of 32 presidentially-declared disasters, including an EF5 Tornado striking Joplin, Missouri in 2011; an EF2 Tornado in Springfield, Missouri in 2014; and St. Louis-area Flooding in 2016; as well as numerous SBA-declared and Department of Agriculture-declared economic injury disasters.
From federal fiscal years 2009 through 2015, Region VII SBA has approved loan guarantees to 16,261 small businesses in its flagship 7(a) loan program for $5,063,683,405 and provided 2,427 small businesses with loans under its “brick and mortar” 504 loan program for $1,378,075,000. During the same time period, 2,473 microloans were made for $21,565,480. These loans are made in participation with 343 active SBA Participating Program lenders, 33 SBA Certified Development Companies and seven SBA-funded microloan intermediaries serviced by SBA in Region VII.
Small businesses in Region VII received 609,049 federal contracts between FY09 and FY15 $109,252,402,875. Additionally, in fiscal year 2015 alone, SBA provided companies within the region 542 SBA-guaranteed bid bonds for $323,786,302 and 181 Final SBA-guaranteed surety bonds for $82,833,526 in order for these small businesses to compete and perform on federal contracts. Brown-Dixon serves on special national outreach committees for the Delta Regional Authority, Americans for Economic Inclusion and the Asian and Pacific Islanders initiative on behalf of the SBA. In gratitude, the White House recently invited her to a special recognition ceremony in Washington, DC.
During her tenure at SBA, Brown-Dixon has coordinated and emceed one of five yearly National Small Business Week events held across the nation for SBA - in 2014 in Kansas City, MO and in 2013 in St. Louis, MO. Event speakers have included Henry Bloch, founder of H & R Block; David L. Steward, founder of World Wide Technology, the largest African-American owned company in the United States, and SBA Administrators Karen Mills and Maria Contreras-Sweet.
She continues to emcee the Kansas City Small Business Networking Event, a small business networking and learning forum she began more than 20 years ago, which meets each first Tuesday in Kansas City at Union Station. She serves locally as the Chairperson of the Federal Executive Board’s Small and Minority Business committee. Brown-Dixon is a sought-after speaker regionally for her ability to add humor to presentations and speeches and spark listener enthusiasm and unity; as well as her poignant topics. She has been called upon to travel outside the region to fill in for other regional administrators of the SBA on important speeches if they could not attend.
She began her career at the General Services Administration (GSA), rising to Director of Business and Support Services, working with small businesses and policies that help small businesses contract with the federal government at both the area and national levels.
Pat was named a Kansas City Woman of Influence in 2011, received a Kansas City Entrepreneurial Legacy Award in 2013 from Thinking Bigger Business Media; the Richard Barrera Community Service Award from the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was one of ten Kansas City women to receive the Societas Docta Nefertiti Community Service Award. In 2015, she was named to the distinguished Society of Influentials by the Kansas City Globe.
She has served on boards of Big Brothers and Big Sisters; the Kansas City Ballet; and on several high level city planning and budget committees. She served as the Kansas City Federal Executive Board’s 2015 Public Employee Recognition Day chairperson and awards emcee. She is active at St. James United Methodist Church. Brown-Dixon earned a BA in Business and Education from Philander Smith College, Little Rock; and an MBA from Rockhurst University, Kansas City.