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Region VIII | Leadership

Matt Varilek

Regional Administrator
Matt Varilek

Matt Varilek is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Region VIII Administrator based in Denver.  In this role he oversees delivery of the agency's small business programs and services in Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Before joining the SBA, Varilek served as Economic Development Director for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson.  For over seven years he assisted the Senator's efforts on legislative issues related to small business and entrepreneurship, disaster response, technological research and commercialization, infrastructure investment, budget and appropriations, and other economic issues. 

In the private sector, Varilek analyzed energy and environmental commodity market dynamics as Director of Policy and Research for Natsource LLC, a brokerage.  He is also a past candidate for U.S. House.

Varilek has a Master’s Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He also has a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he was funded by the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship established by Rotary International.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. A native of Yankton, SD, he is married, with two daughters. 

Region VIII is the most rural region in the country. It includes 27 tribal nations and covers more than 500,000 square miles of territory. Matt can be reached at matthew.varilek@sba.gov.