President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA
Maria Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama announced this afternoon as his nominee to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), knows first hand what it means to start a small business, and has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed. Contreras-Sweet has an impressive background as President Obama notes embodies one of the great pacts in America that is “if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then you can build something new.” Contreras-Sweet is the founder of the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 30 years, and has proven as a great resource to major job creation and infrastructure improvements.
Small businesses should celebrate this new addition to the SBA as Contreras-Sweet has stimulated California’s economy and managed over 42,000 employees with a $14 billion dollar budget. Additionally, Contreras-Sweet was the first Latina to hold a state cabinet position in California, and her time as Secretary of Business, Transportation and House Agency, has lead the agency in application of a $2.1 billion housing bond. Her track record is impressive and will prove to be a great resource for small businesses involved in the GSA community as SBA is always looking for new methods to get small businesses involved in GSA related programs.
Read more here about the nomination and Maria-Contreras-Sweet’s accomplishment in this blog from the White House.