Small Business Administration

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

409 Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416

Phone, 202-205-6600. Fax, 202-205-7064. Internet, www.sba.gov.

Administrator Hector V. Barreto

Deputy Administrator Melanie Sabelhaus

Chief Counsel for Advocacy Thomas Sullivan

Chief Financial Officer Thomas Dumaresq

Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Blanchard

Chief of Staff Lisa Goeas

Counselor to the Administrator John Whitmore

Director, Executive Secretariat Nancyellen Gentile, Acting

General Counsel David Javdan

Inspector General Harold Damelin

Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance Herbert Mitchell

Associate Administrator for Communications and Patrick Rhode

Public Liaison

Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Richard Spence

Legislative Affairs

Assistant Administrator for Equal Employment Loyala R. Trujillo, Opportunity and Civil Rights Compliance Acting

Associate Administrator for Field Operations David Frederickson

Assistant Administrator for Hearings and Appeals Gloria Blazsik, Acting

Associate Deputy Administrator for Capital Ronald Bew

Access

Associate Administrator for James Rivera

Financial Assistance

Assistant Administrator for Manuel Rosales

International Trade

Associate Administrator for Jeffrey Pierson

Investment

Associate Administrator for Surety Dionne Neal, Acting

Guarantees

Associate Deputy Administrator for Kaaren Street

Entrepreneurial Development

Assistant Administrator for Business Ellen M. Thrasher, and Community Initiatives Acting

Assistant Administrator for Native (vacancy)

American Affairs

Associate Administrator for Small Johnnie Albertson

Business Development Centers

Associate Administrator for Veterans William Elmore

Business Development

Assistant Administrator for Women's Wilma Goldstein

Business Ownership

Associate Deputy Administrator for Government Alfredo Armendariz

Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development

Associate Administrator for Linda Williams

Government Contracting

Associate Administrator for Business Luz Hopewell

Development

Assistant Administrator for Size Gary M. Jackson

Standards

Assistant Administrator for Maurice Swinton

Technology

Associate Deputy Administrator for Management Lloyd Blanchard

and Administration

Assistant Administrator for Eugene Cornelius

Administration

Assistant Administrator for Human Monika Edwards Capital Management Harrison

Chief Information Officer Lawrence Barrett

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The fundamental purposes of the Small Business Administration are to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business; ensure that small business concerns receive a fair portion of Government purchases, contracts, and subcontracts, as well as of the sales of Government property; make loans to small business concerns, State and local development companies, and the victims of floods or other catastrophes, or of certain types of economic injury; and license, regulate, and make loans to small business investment companies.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by the Small Business Act of 1953 and derives its present existence and authority from the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 661).

Activities

Advocacy The Office of Advocacy is mandated by Congress to serve as an independent spokesperson within public policy councils for the more than

22.5 million small businesses throughout the country. The Office is headed by the Chief Counsel for Advocacy, appointed by the President from the private sector with the advice and consent of the Senate, who advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before the Congress, the White House, and Federal and State regulatory agencies.

The Office monitors the compliance of Federal agencies with the requirement that they analyze the impact of their regulations on small entities and consider less burdensome alternatives. The Office is one of the leading national

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sources for information on the state of small business and the issues that affect small business success and growth. It conducts economic and statistical research into matters affecting the competitive strength of small business and jobs created by small business, and analyzes the impact of Federal laws, regulations, and programs on small businesses, making recommendations to policymakers for appropriate adjustments to meet the special needs of small business.

Additionally, regional advocates enhance communication between the small business community and the Chief Counsel. As the Chief Counsel's direct link to local business owners, State and local government agencies, State legislatures, and small business organizations, they help identify new issues and problems of small business by monitoring the effect of Federal and State regulations and policies on the local business communities within their regions.

For further information, contact the Office of Advocacy. Phone, 202-205-

6533. E-mail, advocacy@sba.gov.

Business Initiatives SBA develops and cosponsors counseling, education, training, and information resources for small businesses. It has forged ongoing partnerships with resource partners to deliver most of the business education and training programs offered annually at low cost. One-on-one counseling is provided free of charge by the Service Corps of Retired Executives.

The Business Information Center (BIC) program is among the most innovative methods of providing small business owners with a one-stop approach to information, education, and training. The centers combine the latest computer technology, hardware, and software, an extensive small business reference library of hard copy books and publications, and current management videotapes to help clients venture into new business areas. The use of software for a variety of business applications offers clients of all types a means of addressing their diverse needs. Although most BIC's are stand-alone centers, BIC's in empowerment zones will form the core element of one-stop capital shops.

In addition to education and training events, SBA offers publications on a variety of business management and growth topics. These publications are available free of cost on SBA's Web site, at www.sba.gov.

For further information, contact the Office of Business Initiatives. Phone, 202-205-6665.

Capital Access The Office of the Associate Deputy Administrator for Capital Access provides overall direction for SBA's financial programs. They offer a comprehensive array of debt and equity programs for the smallest start-up businesses which have been in operation and need new capital to expand. In addition to lending to businesses which sell their products and services domestically, the Office provides direction for SBA's business development and financial assistance programs for small business exporters, in the form of equity capital, long-term loans, debt-equity investments and management assistance to small businesses, a surety bond guarantee program for small-business contractors, and the SBA's lender oversight programs.

For further information, contact the Office of Capital Access. Phone,

202-205-6657.

Disaster Assistance The Administration serves as the Federal disaster bank for nonfarm, private sector losses. It lends money to help the victims of disasters repair or replace most disaster-damaged property. Direct loans with subsidized interest rates are made to assist individuals, homeowners, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations.

For further information, contact the Office of Disaster Assistance. Phone, 202-205-6734.

Financial Assistance SBA provides its guarantee to lending institutions and certified development companies which make loans to small-business concerns (including farms), which in turn, use the loans to provide working capital and help finance the acquisition of land and buildings; the construction, conversion, or expansion of facilities; and the purchase of machinery and equipment.

SBA provides revolving lines of creditand loan guarantees to finance commercial construction or building rehabilitation for sale. It makes loans to qualified employee trusts and may finance small firms that manufacture, sell, install, service, or develop specific energy measures, including engineering, architectural, consulting, or other professional services connected with eligible energy measures. SBA also makes loans for the installation of pollution control measures.

The Administration also provides small-scale financial and technical assistance to very small businesses through loans and grants to nonprofit organizations that act as intermediaries under SBA's microloan program.

For further information, contact the nearest Small Business Administration district office.

Government Contracting The Government Contracting Office works closely with Federal agencies and prime contractors to ensure maximum practicable opportunities for small businesses to participate in Federal procurement. The Office is responsible for developing policies and procedures for small business procurement programs, establishing small business size standards, managing the prime and subcontract programs, providing oversight and policy guidance for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technolgy Transfer (STTR) programs, assisting...

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