Celebrating Rural Entrepreneurship: SBA Hosts Armchair Discussion on Increasing Opportunities for Rural-Owned Small Businesses

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Release Date: August 12, 2022

Release Number: MA22-37



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Celebrating Rural Entrepreneurship: SBA Hosts Armchair Discussion on Increasing Opportunities for Rural-Owned Small Businesses


WHAT:        SBA’s Elevating Small Business Series Webinar: Celebrating Rural Entrepreneurship


The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a virtual armchair discussion with Allen Thomas, Regional Administrator for SBA Region IV, Terri Billups, Senior Advisor to Acting Director/Deputy Director Office of Rural Affairs, and Morgan Beavers, Co-Owner of Graylee Construction and Demolition in Austin, AR.


The discussion will focus on the importance of financial wellness, creating generational wealth through business ownership, and increasing equity and access to opportunities to help uplift and support rural-owned small businesses. The panel will also discuss SBA initiatives and resources that support small business recovery, new rural startups seeking to launch, and existing rural-owned small businesses as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world, a priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.


WHEN:       Thursday, August 25, 2022

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) 


WHO:         Allen Thomas, SBA Regional Administrator, SBA Region 4

Terri Billups, Acting Director/Deputy Director, Office of Field Operations

Morgan Beavers, Graylee Construction and Demolition, Austin, AR


HOW:          Registration is required. Click here to register or visit https://SBArural.eventbrite.com.

This event will be recorded



All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. SBA’s support of/or participation in this event is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least four (4) days in advance of this event. Please send an email to reasonableaccommodation@sba.gov with the subject header “ACCOMMODATION REQUEST.”


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 www.sba.gov.