Please join the Center for American Progress and the Small Business Administration for keynote remarks from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who will outline her vision for ensuring small business owners have the resources and capital they need to succeed. Her remarks will focus on access to capital for traditionally underserved communities, providing pathways to the middle class through entrepreneurship for all people, and opening markets through exporting and supply chains. A panel discussion of experts will follow focusing on improving entrepreneurship opportunities, including for women- and minority-owned small businesses.
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration
Nish Acharya, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Ron Busby, President of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
Monika Mantilla, President of Altura Capital and Partner, Small Business Community Capital L.P., SBCC
Jennifer Erickson, Director, Competitiveness and Economic Growth, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.