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Obama Names Top Small Business Administration Official

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
koberlander@NASEadmin.org
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Main Street Seen By President-Elect As Crucial To Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C., January 2, 2009 – The Small Business Administration (SBA) will have a new leader under President-elect Barack Obama. He has tapped Karen Gordon Mills to take over duties at the SBA in January. She currently works as a Maine-based private equity investment advisor and chairs the Maine Governor’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy.

“With Karen Mills at the helm, America's small businesses will have a partner in Washington to create jobs and spur growth,” Obama said. “As a venture capitalist who invests in small businesses, Karen understands the challenges faced by both small business owners and the workers they employ.”

Mills co-founded Solera Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm. She has said that support for micro-businesses, particularly technology startups specializing in energy efficiency, will be critical to the nation’s economic growth and renewal. The appointment of Mills must be confirmed by the Senate before she can officially take office.

“Federally supported outreach to the country’s smallest businesses is essential to their growth,” said Kristie Darien, executive director of the NASE legislative office. “As always, the NASE looks forward to working with the SBA on efforts to increase access to capital, increase funding for critically important training programs, reduce burdensome and confusing regulations, simplify tax code and address other small business needs.”



About the NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's Web site at www.NASE.org.



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