U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Applauds Confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (http://www.uswcc.org) enthusiastically applauds the unanimous vote of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee to advance the confirmation of Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration and looks forward to full Senate confirmation.

“Today’s strong bipartisan vote by the Senate to confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet will provide a strong and immediate boost to America’s small businesses in Congress, on The Hill and all across our country,” said Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “Contreras-Sweet’s unique, relevant and highly successful background as an entrepreneur, small business lender and government executive will enable her to hit the ground running in support of revitalizing and marketing the Small Business Administration to lenders, government agencies, community leaders and America’s entrepreneurs.”

“When I heard her say she'll make sure small businesses know ‘this is not your grandfather's SBA,’ I knew she understands the opportunity loss we have been experiencing as SBA programs and services have not been effectively and fully marketed and leveraged to strengthen and grow America’s small businesses,” said Dorfman. “Having an Administrator leading the SBA who has lived and breathed entrepreneurialism and small business lending will bring a new vitality to the agency and the small businesses it supports.”

“The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce looks forward to supporting Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Small Business Administration and America’s small business owners,” Dorfman concludes.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce unifies the collective strength of women in the U.S. economy. Using a platform of influence, innovation, and opportunity, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce works with and for its members to grow successful businesses and careers. For additional information, go to http://www.uswcc.org or call 888-418-7922.

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