March 25, 2015
Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and came the U.S.. Under her post she is challenged to bring innovation and growth to small businesses.
Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Barack Obama’s executive cabinet, described the city as a hub of innovation that is advancing the profile of the entrepreneur.
March 24, Contreras-Sweet’s visited the Small Business Innovation Research road tour. This is an 18-state tour in which she is meeting with entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, government officials, academics and businesses to gather feedback on how the SBA can better promote its grants, loans and equity financing tools to small businesses nationwide. Louisville was the first destination on the tour.
I attended and gained great information from astute program managers. The tour started off successfully and is on the road in Nashville, Tennessee.
My observation that could have supported Sweet’s mission was opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs engaged in research. I may offer that as the tour moves forward Sweet is given the time to meet with those in the field. The fallacy is she met with stakeholders committed to the process but not engaged as entrepreneurs in the field. The problem with obtaining data is not going into the field. this skews the data and leads to gap in the overall analyses.Sweet could have benefited from speaking directly with unique niche of entrepreneurs within this audience she is seeking to expand.
Ms. Sweet spoke about innovation and the development of technologies to advance the U.S. The way to reduce barriers to success is to identify the barriers that exist.