February 3, 2021—WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Senate confirmed Isabel Guzman to serve as the 27th administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This bipartisan confirmation comes amid catastrophic crises gripping America’s small business ecosystem. The coronavirus pandemic and its economic downturn created a perfect storm, devastating Main Street America and disproportionately damaging the smallest and most vulnerable businesses in its path.

“Administrator Guzman enters the administration with a history of providing service and support to underserved small businesses throughout our nation. She has previously served as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to the SBA administrator under the Obama administration and has run her small businesses. Most recently, Administrator Guzman has aided California small business owners in navigating the ongoing pandemic, driving innovation as the director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, part of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

AEO stands ready to support the administrator—and Congress—in creating the infrastructure for the nearly 70-year-old agency to provide equitable economic opportunities for underserved entrepreneurs and engineer transformational change that gives way to a robust and inclusive marketplace. Accordingly, these actions must include ensuring that the SBA continues to utilize the nearly trillion-dollar in emergency relief funds to safeguard microbusinesses and support community lenders in the month ahead.”

Connie Evans, President & CEO
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity

About Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
AEO is the leading voice of innovation for microbusiness and microfinance. We create economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs throughout the United States. We engineer transformational change through Research, Incubation, Convening & Advocacy to foster a robust and inclusive marketplace. For more information, visit aeoworks.org.

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