Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Outlines Her Priorities for the Small Business Administration

Increasing Opportunities for All of America’s Entrepreneurs

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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.

Welcoming remarks
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
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


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
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