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Region VII | Leadership
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.
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.