SBA Announces a New District Director for Kansas City - Michael Barrera Returns to Kansas City

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Release Date: 2/17/2021

 

Release Number: 21-2-1

 

 

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SBA Announces a New District Director for Kansas City

Michael Barrera will return to his hometown

Kansas City – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the selection of Michael Barrera, a Kansas City native and a longtime small business advocate both locally and nationally, as its new district director for the Kansas City District SBA office.

Barrera most recently served as the district director of the North Florida district SBA office located in Jacksonville. He replaces Jon Malcolm Richards, who will take over district director duties at the North Florida district SBA office. Both have family ties to their new district territories.

Barrera, a lawyer, graduated from Kansas State University and the University of Texas Law School. His father was a founder of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GKCHCC) and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and Michael was past president of the USHCC and GKCHCC. He was a founder of the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City and a past member of the Centurions of Kansas City. Barrera family members have owned and operated a metro Kansas City restaurant for 55 years.

The Kansas City district SBA office cover 89 counties in western Missouri and eastern Kansas with a branch office in Springfield, Missouri with six employees.

Kansas City district SBA loan totals for FY 2020 include 669 7(a) program loans approved for $283,659,600; 81 504 program loans approved for $54,138,000; 62 microloans approved for $449,347; 68,933 Paycheck Protections Program loans approved for $6,227,888,318 and 27,439 COVID 19 EIDL program loans approved for a total of $1,479,044,125. The FY 2020 loan count exceeded FY 2019 despite the pandemic.

The Kansas City district office manages 44 firms in its 8(a) portfolio. In FY 2019, Kansas City District Office secured $861,200,176 federal contracting dollars for Kansas and Missouri small businesses. This is an increase of $473,873,639 or 122 percent compared to FY 2018.

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The Kansas City district office oversees nine Small Business Development Centers, four SCORE chapters, and one SBA-funded Women’s Business Center in Kansas City. A U.S. Export Assistance Center and Veteran’s Business Outreach Center also serve regional residents and are physically located in St Louis.

Barrera and Richards will assume their new district office duties on February 18, 2021.

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