New SBA Administrator Will Help Bolster Small Businesses

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on President-Elect Biden’s nomination of Isabel Guzman to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

“We are thrilled with President-Elect Biden’s nomination of Isabel Guzman to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ms. Guzman’s distinguished career, which includes serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for the SBA under President Obama followed by her current leadership as the Director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, demonstrates her passion and commitment to ensuring that small businesses are central to a thriving and inclusive economy. We have worked closely with Ms. Guzman nationally and in California and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with her.

The SBA plays a vital role in America’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, notably by providing critical sources of funding, training and business assistance for small businesses, and the agency’s role has never been more important. It’s no secret that small business owners continue to face countless challenges in keeping their doors open, and Ms. Guzman’s proven track record as a champion for small businesses will be a valuable asset during this challenging time. In her current role, Ms. Guzman has provided steady leadership throughout the pandemic by overseeing critical loan and grant programs for California's struggling small businesses, and we expect the same level of dedication in her new role.   

Ms. Guzman understands how vital small businesses are to our nation’s economy and communities. We urge the U.S. Senate to confirm her nomination swiftly.”

About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and inclusive economy. We engage our network of more than 80,000 small businesses and 1,000 business and community organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. Our deep connections with the small business community along with our scientific research enable us to educate the public about key issues impacting America’s entrepreneurs, with a special focus on advancing the smallest businesses and those facing systemic inequalities. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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