I was so excited in January when Maria Contreras-Sweet was nominated to lead the Small Business Administration and become a part of President Obama’s cabinet, but we still had a bit of waiting to do to see if she would be confirmed for the position. Finally, I can stop waiting: on March 27, it was announced that she was finally confirmed with bipartisan support.
In a statement released by the White House, President Obama praised Contreras-Sweet, saying, “the American people will have a fierce champion who understands what it means to start a small business, and who has a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed.”
This is not only a great achievement for women in business, but also an achievement for small business owners across the country who now have an advocate who has experienced what they are experiencing.
I look forward to seeing all that Contreras-Sweet will do!
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