On March 30th, the Friends of the SBA Microloan Program gathered in Washington, D.C. to meet with senior SBA staff and Members of Congress and their staff about their work as Microloan intermediaries. As a part of the effort, the group hosted a Congressional Briefing in the House Small Business Committee Room. Ayrianne Parks of Rapoza Associates welcomed attendees and shared findings from the Friends’ May 2016 Report on the Microloan Program. Shawn Wellnitz of Entrepreneur Fund, Peter Hille of MACED, and Celina Peña of LiftFund presented on their work as intermediaries and shared examples of entrepreneurs they had helped realize their small business goals. Microloan borrowers included veteran, minority, women and low-income entrepreneurs who started a variety of businesses, ranging from a brewer and pizza-maker to a chicken farmer, a welder, a construction business, and an event designer.
If you missed the event or would like electronic copies of the materials, please see below.
- SBA Microloan Program Fact Sheet
- Letter in support of Senator Fischer’s Microloan Bill
- Report on the SBA Microloan Program