Delivering on the American Dream

By Maria Contreras-Sweet Today, with appreciation and humility, I begin my work as SBA Administrator and a relentless advocate for America’s 28 million small businesses. My journey as a first-generation immigrant born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to President Obama’s cabinet is one that could only happen in America. I came to this country at the age of 5 with my mom and five siblings. We didn’t have much, but what we did have was an abundance of hope. We didn’t speak the language yet, neither the English language nor the language of business, but I was taught to believe in the promise of America. This country was founded by risk-takers, resourceful pioneers who built this prosperous nation. Entrepreneurialism is our heritage. The American Dream has always been about the opportunity to earn a good education and the keys to your own home, but the expanding American Dream is also about the opportunity to start your own business. I’ve lived that Dream, and as SBA Administrator, I’m determined to help others realize theirs, as well. Small businesses employ 1 out of 2 workers. SBA is a driving force that helps propel this economic activity. SBA provides access to capital, contracting opportunities, consultation […]

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