Small Business Administration to Thrive Under Maria Contreras-Sweet

January 16, 2014

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at, (202) 812-4477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes issued the following statement in support of the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to head the Small Business Administration.

“There are over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses generating over $400 billion in U.S. revenue each year, and the Latino community looks forward to having a strong champion in Ms. Contreras-Sweet. With this nomination, the Obama administration has demonstrated its commitment to supporting small businesses across the country. As founder and chairman of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, Maria Contreras-Sweet clearly understands the challenges faced by small businesses including gaining access to capital. Ms. Contreras-Sweet will bring the kind of compassion and leadership that the small business administration needs in order to help the economy grow. Lastly, as a Latina who immigrated to California as a young person, Maria Contreras-Sweet knows that investing in Latino owned small businesses is an investment in our country’s future. Ms. Contreras-Sweet has lived the American Dream and we are confident that if confirmed she will help other small business owners live their American Dream as well.”

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