Olivarez, who was appointed by the president, leads Region VI, one of 10 regions in
Olivarez is on her regional tour and spent time in
To put it simply, she said, her agency is doing very well.
Olivarez described how they accomplish these initiatives by using the "three Cs."
The first is access to credit by providing loans to small businesses through a community of lenders.
The second is contracting. As the largest single purchaser of goods and services, the U.S. government awards about
"When a small business gets a federal contract jobs tend to be created and strong revenue for the community and for the small businesses," Olivarez said.
Lastly, they offer counseling for small businesses, which are often done by former business leaders who are familiar with the field.
Region VI, Olivarez said, continues to accomplish these initiatives.
During her tour, Olivarez said she is emphasizing the importance of SBA as she speaks with different organizations, including political leaders and the
"I think what we need more here in this community is more outreach in the sense that more and more people need to take that extra step to find out more about it," she said. "We have all the resources here and all the opportunities. We just need our small businesses to take that extra step."
Davis agreed and said they also need to continue making contacts with loan providers to discuss how small businesses are beneficial in job creation and community growth.
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