READOUT: Administrator Guzman and SBA leaders participate in the 90th Winter Meeting of the United States… | national

Washington, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Director of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), spoke to more than 200 mayors and business leaders at the small -Plenary luncheon of mayors and business leaders Thursday as part of the three-day 90th Winter Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). In her speech, Administrator Guzman highlighted how the SBA and local governments can work together to provide small businesses with the help they need to survive and thrive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Biden-Harris administration and the SBA have been focused over the past year on meeting small businesses where they are and closing relief gaps to ensure a fair recovery for all of our hard-working entrepreneurs,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’ve done all of this by working alongside you – with local organizations in your own backyard with our expanded lending network enabling local community financial institutions. And we’ve strengthened those ties with the launch of the Inclusive Community Navigators Network supported by the US Bailout, which is fueling more than 450 new touchpoint organizations focused on underserved, highly entrepreneurial communities in your cities.We are committed to continuing to build on this work because US cities are defined by small businesses.

Administrator Guzman was introduced by Miami, Florida Mayor Francis Suarez and followed remarks by Secretary Marcia Fudge of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Last April, Administrator Guzman participated in a Zoom call with USCM leaders, including Mayor Suarez; Louisville, KY Mayor Greg Fischer; former mayor of Dayton, OH Nan Whaley; former mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Stephen Benjamin; Burnsville, MN Mayor Elizabeth Kautz; Westland, MI Mayor William Wild; Los Angeles, California Mayor Eric Garcetti and USCM CEO and Director Tom Cochran to discuss key small business initiatives.

That month, the SBA and USCM also signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) agreement to develop and foster mutual understanding and a working relationship between the SBA and USCM to help start, maintain , strengthen and expand small business development at the local level. .

Administrator Guzman participated in a Small Business Task Force meeting after breakfast. The meeting began with informative opening remarks by the co-chairs of the USCM Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force, Mayors Kautz and Wild, and Administrator Guzman briefed more than 25 mayors on SBA programs. The meeting ended with a question-and-answer session moderated by Mayor Kautz.

Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator of the Office of Public Procurement and Business Development, attended the Small Business Task Force meeting with Administrator Guzman. There, she answered questions from mayors about government contracts and the work of the SBA supporting small businesses interested in working with the federal government, including small businesses owned by women, veterans, disadvantaged people, to HUBZone and the 8(a) Minority Business Development Program. .

Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, also joined Administrator Guzman to attend the USCM Winter Meeting on Thursday, participating in a panel during a special session on Inclusive Prosperity Through entrepreneurship and workforce preparation. Associate Administrator Madrid discussed SBA programs that support small business economic development, including the Community Navigator Pilot Program.

“The essence of the Community Browser Pilot Program is to connect hyperlocally and meet small businesses where they are,” said Associate Administrator Madrid. “For this Navigator approach to be successful, it is essential that we connect community champions with local peer-to-peer ecosystems. Our hope is that you, as mayors and community leaders, can rally behind this star concept, nurture it and cultivate it.

The USCM Winter Meeting brought together mayors from across the country, congressional officials, and Biden-Harris administration officials discussing priorities for America’s cities in 2022. During the meeting, the mayors discussed a wide range of topics, including the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act. , the Employment in Infrastructure and Investments Act, Public Safety, Climate Change, Affordable Housing, Small Business and Economic Mobility.

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About the United States Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration is making the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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