SBA – News Release For Region IX – 2012

My office received this notice from the SBA!  Hope the informatoin helps!

Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Pacific Region Quarterly! 

Region IX, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific territories, continues to lead the way on SBA lending, with more than $2.2 billion loaned so far this fiscal year!  Overall, SBA continues to approve loans at a pre-recession pace.  The pace of SBA loan-making is a healthy sign for the economy and underscores our commitment to support small business owners looking for capital to grow their businesses. 

Region IX hosted a number of small business events throughout the second quarter, including six White House forums  where we had the opportunity to share with  small business owners and community leaders ways that SBA and the Administration can help them grow their businesses.  We also had the chance to get their feedback and ideas to take back to Washington, DC. 

In addition to my role as Regional Administrator, I serve as Senior Advisor to the Administrator on clean tech and energy efficiency issues.  As part of this role, I had the opportunity to keynote a major solar conference this spring.  The conference, PV America West, welcomed over 3,000 people through its doors.  I was able to share with the audience SBA and Administration programs available to help solar power industry small businesses reach their potential.  

In the upcoming month, we will celebrate National Small Business Week.  Congratulations to our local, regional, and national winners!  Region IX’s talented small businesses and champions will be in the national spotlight with six national winners so far. 

We would love to hear from you.  Please contact us if you have any questions about how SBA can help you start or grow a business.

Elizabeth Echols

Regional Administrator

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