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Ok, this is an odd post for me, because today is actually news, not advice.
There’s a rumor going around that President Obama has selected a new chairperson for the Small Business Administration. There’s a lot of talk about her qualifications (which seem superb), her gender and ethnicity (she was born in Guatalajara), and the political decision in choosing her (to make up for a diversity gap in the President’s cabinet).
However, if you’re a small business owner, little of that should matter to you.
Mrs. Maria Contreras-Sweet is an entrepreneur, business person, and long time investor in to small business. Over the course of her career, she has been a founder of both a venture capital firm and a small-business-focused bank, and she served as secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency during one of California’s strongest booms in the past 30 years.
What does this mean for you, the small business owner? It means the SBA will now (according to the rumor) be run by an individual who is passionate about making sure small business in this country thrives, and has a track record to prove it. It means if your business needs funding, the SBA, which has always been a great resource, should now be a much better one. It means that the government now has a real and better shot at helping to improve our economy.
I’ve opened up the comments section on this one, and I want to hear your thoughts. Weigh in on this rumor and let us know what you think of Obama’s probable pick and how she’ll better – or worsen – the small business environment in this country. Just do us a favor: all comments are held for moderation, so please don’t make me delete one because it starts a political flame war. Keep the topic to her and her ability, not your opinion of them damn libs or those backwards-assed conservatives. 😀