MONDAY: SBA Administrator Guzman to visit with Economic Development, Community Leaders in Albuquerque, NM

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Release Date: Feb. 17, 2022

Release Number: MA22-06

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MONDAY: SBA Administrator Guzman to visit with Economic Development, Community Leaders in Albuquerque, NM

Administrator Guzman traveling to New Mexico and Arizona
to highlight small business recovery and growth

ALBUQUERQUE – On Monday, February 21, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, will visit Albuquerque and meet with economic development and community leaders, as well as local SBA Resource Partners, to discuss ongoing support for small businesses as well as opportunities created by President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

This visit marks the Administrator’s first official visit to the Albuquerque area. Since May 2021, Administrator Guzman has visited 25 states and U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.

Media are invited to attend OPENING REMARKS but must RSVP by 5 p.m. CST on Sunday, February 20, 2022, for credentialing and further information.

  • WHEN: Monday, February 21, 2022
  • WHERE: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC)
    1309 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM
  • WHOAdministrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, U.S. Small Business Administration 

Ernie C’deBaca, President/CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Theresa Carson, President, African American Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
Marvis Aragon, Executive Director, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of NM
Johana Nelson, Strategic Programs Manager, NM Economic Development Department
Russell Wyrick, State Director SBDC
Agnes Noonan, President, WESST
Richard Coffel, Director, VBOC
Samantha Lapin, Albuquerque Chapter Chair, SCORE
Charles Ashley, Economic Development Director, City of Albuquerque
Lawrence Rael, Chief of Staff, City of Albuquerque
Other local economic development and community leaders

  • WHY: Administrator Guzman is traveling to Albuquerque to highlight continued economic recovery efforts for small businesses and discuss new opportunities from President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

MEDIA RSVP: Please RSVP to Mercedes Chavez at
with a reporter’s name and press outlet.

Small businesses are the engine of our national economy, with 32.5 million small businesses nationwide. There are around 160,000 small businesses in the state of New Mexico, and they employ about 340,000 workers, according to the U.S. Office of Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit