Small Businesses Call on Senate to Quickly Confirm Dilawar Syed as SBA Deputy Administrator

For Immediate Release: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Statement from John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO of Small Business Majority, on confirming the next SBA Deputy Administrator

"After more than two years of needless obstruction, we are pleased that the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has voted to approve Dilawar Syed's nomination as the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

During his nomination hearing, Mr. Syed stressed the integral role that small businesses play in our economy and the value of his experience as an entrepreneur and a public servant. He assured the Committee that he is committed to targeting federal resources to the smallest businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly those in under-resourced communities. Mr. Syed has led a distinguished business-oriented career from being the President and CEO at Lumiata, serving as chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans Pacific Islander's Economic Growth Committee under President Obama, and most recently serving as the Special Representative for commercial and business affairs at the bureau of economic and business affairs at the U.S Department of State. Moreover, Mr. Syed was the founding Chair of California's Entrepreneurship Task Force within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Through this role, we witnessed first-hand how Mr. Syed propelled California's next generation of entrepreneurs with an ongoing commitment to expanding access to the resources they needed to grow.

Mr. Syed has demonstrated his ability to successfully champion the voice of the nation's small business owners and has proven that he is innovative and solution oriented. For these reasons, we call on the full U.S. Senate to vote swiftly to confirm Dilawar Syed as SBA Deputy Administrator."


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