February 2014

New Leader Announced for the Small Business Administration

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nearly one year after Karen Mills announced her resignation as head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), President Obama announced the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the organization, pending Senate confirmation.

Contreras-Sweet, herself previously a small business owner, comes to the position with significant private and public sector experience that will no doubt be important as she works to move quickly on key areas of concerns for the small business community, including the continued implementation and impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses, access to capital, and continued regulatory burdens faced by all small businesses.

The NASE is optimistic that with the announcement of Contreras-Sweet to lead SBA, President Obama and his Administration will focus on fostering and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of this country, including the 23 million self-employed who are working tirelessly each an everyday to achieve the American Dream.

The year ahead is full of critical challenges that the NASE is eager to work to address with the leadership of the SBA, ranging from the implementation of the new health care law to tax filing changes to the continued inequity in the tax
code faced by the self-employed. Our community will need a strong and vocal advocate inside the Administration to ensure we have the tools and resources to be competitive not only locally, but also globally.

The nomination of Contreras-Sweet is accepted to move quickly though the United States Senate.


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