Celebrating two years of service to the SBA and America’s 30 million small businesses
By Linda McMahon, SBA Administrator
Two years ago today, I had the distinct honor of being sworn in as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. I was surrounded by my family – my husband, children, and six grandchildren – in Vice President Pence’s ceremonial office. My mother in Connecticut even joined the ceremony via video conference! As I took the oath of office with all six grandkids holding the Bible upon which I placed my hand, I can truly say it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Over the past two years, I have been very proud to be part of the SBA family as well. The team welcomed me with kindness and enthusiasm, and their experience and knowledge have been invaluable to my leadership of this Agency.
It is a privilege to serve our country. And as an entrepreneur myself, I feel tremendous responsibility to America’s small businesses. The SBA is their advocate and ally, and we all play a part in helping them succeed. This team of professionals is dedicated to helping America’s 30 million small businesses start, grow, expand and recover. Together, we power the American Dream. As I begin my third year as Administrator, I’d like to share some of the accomplishments we have achieved:
We are now working on more exciting initiatives to help small businesses: workforce development through increased partnerships with the departments of Education and Labor; an increase in rural lending through a partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture; and support for government contracting through the continued implementation of Certify.sba.gov. We will work to support international trade through increased loan opportunities and a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which for the first time includes special conditions for small businesses, including intellectual property protections. This spring, we will also launch a new interactive digital platform aimed at helping more than 1 million women start and grow businesses.
It’s an honor to represent not only the 30 million small businesses we serve, but the thousands of SBA employees who work hard every day to meet their needs.
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