Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Friends,

It is difficult to believe we are preparing to flip our calendars to March.

That means we’re edging closer to AEO’s National Conference in May. Since announcing our host city of New Orleans, we’ve made great progress in shaping content that reflects the rapidly-changing microbusiness landscape and the new economy that we envision.

A large part of our conversation at this year’s conference will lift up the acute and persistent absence of equity and inclusion that Main Street microbusiness owners all …

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Maria Contreras-Sweet Lauded at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Maria Contreras-Sweet Lauded at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Feb. 12, 2014

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship met one last time under Senator Mary L. Landrieu’s (D-LA) chairmanship to consider the President’s nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  

Prior to her nomination, Contreras-Sweet served as CEO of ProAmerica Bank in Los Angeles, Calif.  Though she was quick to note that, “I am a small business owner whose small business helps small businesses every day,” during her opening remarks

Contreras-Sweet touched on …

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