FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015:Obama Cabinet Member Signs Agreement with St. Louis Mayor to Promote Entrepreneurship to Immigrants

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Media Advisory

PRESS OFFICE

Advisory Date:

April 30, 2015

Contact:

June Teasley (816) 206-0409

Advisory Number:

MA 15-28

Internet Address:

http://www.sba.gov/news

 

FRIDAY: Obama Cabinet Member Signs Agreement with St. Louis Mayor to Promote Entrepreneurship to Immigrants

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, will sign an agreement to have the local SBA office in St. Louis work with the City to engage in cooperative efforts to boost outreach on entrepreneurship training and counseling and small business development in St. Louis neighborhoods, with particular emphasis on immigrant and refugee communities. The Obama Administration recently released the New Americans Report, a strategic, government-wide effort on integrating these communities and the SBA is working with the city and the St. Louis Mosaic Project to promote this effort.

Following the signing ceremony, the Administrator will host a roundtable focused on immigrant entrepreneurship and inclusion with The Mosaic Project and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

In the afternoon, Administrator Contreras-Sweet will host a community conversation at Harris Stowe State University, focused on opportunities and obstacles in entrepreneurship, with students and school organizations. She will highlight the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the SBA’s work on this effort.

Later, she will visit two small businesses that have benefitted from SBA’s Microloan program and also give a local recognition to 2015 National SBA Microlender of the Year, justine PETERSEN, LLC. The organization will be recognized in Washington, D.C. at a White House ceremony the following Friday, May 8.

In the evening, she will deliver keynote remarks at the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Adelante Awards Dinner.

WHAT:  Media Availability

WHO: SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015
 
WHERE: 10:00 AM Signing Ceremony with Mayor Slay
World Trade Center-St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Blvd. 22nd floor
St. Louis, MO 63105

 10:15 AM Roundtable
World Trade Center-St. Louis
7733 Forsyth Blvd. 22nd floor
St. Louis, MO 63105


 1:15 PM Small Business Visit and National Award Presentation
Miss M’s Candy Boutique & Boutique Calla Lily
6193-95 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

 2:30 PM My Brother’s Keeper Community Conversation
Harris Stowe State University
Board of Regents Room
3026 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

 7:00 PM Keynote Remarks
Adelante Awards Dinner
The Doubletree by Hilton
1973 Craigshire Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63146

HOW:  Media can RSVP and request interviews via Miguel Ayala – Miguel.ayala@sba.gov 202-450-0148.
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