Columbus, Ohio, April 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thursday, April 7 Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice of the 32.5 million American small businesses in President Biden’s cabinet, will travel to the Columbus area to meet with small business owners and highlight the Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA), a public-private joint sponsorship between the SBA and Forward Enterprise, Inc., which aims to connect small businesses to the essential technology resources to start and grow their e-commerce business at scale to succeed.
During the event, Administrator Guzman will participate in a panel discussion with local business owners, Business Forward, Inc., Grow with Google, and the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), where they will discuss ways to help small businesses embrace technology and accelerate their online and social media strategies to boost their e-commerce business and better engage with their customers.
While in Columbus, Administrator Guzman will also visit Hot Chicken Takeover, a local restaurant and second-chance employer committed to providing fair employment opportunities to formerly incarcerated people. The visit takes place during Second Chance Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of criminal convictions and open up second chance opportunities for people who have served their sentences so they can contribute to their communities. SBA recently announced reforms to its pilot Community Advantage program, an initiative that aims to get small loans of $250,000 or less to historically underserved communities, including removing restrictions that can prevent people with criminal histories from accessing a funding to start and grow a business.
Media are welcome to attend portions of these events, but must confirm attendance by 5:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 6, for accreditation and travel locations.
Thursday, April 7, 2022
- Isabelle Casillas GuzmanAdministrator, US Small Business Administration
- Geraldine AglipaySBA Regional Administrator
- Everett Woodeldistrict manager of SBA Columbus
- Lisa Gevelber FounderGrow with Google
SBA showcases local small businesses and touts the SBA Digital Alliance and the importance for small businesses to have access to digital technology to help them succeed.
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Administrator Guzman will be joined by SBA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Geraldine Aglipay and SBA Columbus District Director Everett Woodel. This visit marks the Administrator’s first official visit to Columbus, OH. In her first year in office, Administrator Guzman visited 28 US states and territories, including Puerto Rico, and more than 45 cities.
Authorization to co-sponsor #22-1-C. SBA’s participation in this co-sponsored activity does not constitute an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any co-sponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are offered to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
About the United States Small Business Administration
The United States Small Business Administration helps fuel the American dream of business ownership. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.