As President-elect Joe Biden continues to fill out his cupboard, he is anticipated to select Isabel Guzman to the highest job on the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration.
The Wall Road Journal reported on Thursday that Guzman, a former deputy chief of employees on the SBA beneath the Obama administration, would change Jovita Carranza as administrator. Beneath Obama’s tenure, the position was elevated to a cupboard stage job, an indication of the import of small companies to the nation.
Whereas Inc. has but to sit down down with the incoming administrator instantly, Guzman, a Latina, is broadly thought-about to be as much as the duty of working an company that has turn into more and more important for the well being and wellness of the nation’s thousands and thousands of small companies.
“I do not know her properly, however primarily based on my different small enterprise colleagues who do, in addition to her popularity generally, Isabel [Guzman] shall be a strong match to steer the SBA,” says Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Council, a nonpartisan advocacy group in Vienna, Virginia. Guzman, Kerrigan provides, is a robust advocate for small companies and entrepreneurs, and he or she understands the extraordinary challenges dealing with small companies proper now.
These challenges are certainly steep. Whereas Administrator Carranza shepherded the SBA way of the pandemic and overcame the uneven roll-out of the Paycheck Safety Program, the forgivable mortgage program that helped greater than 5 million U.S. small companies lasso $525 billion in support, the work is way from over. As many as 4 million U.S. companies are anticipated to have closed in 2020, in accordance with Ray Greenhill, president and founding father of Oxxford Info Know-how, an info providers agency in Hagaman, New York, which tracks about 32 million companies. And the newest Covid-19 aid program is poised to kick off any day. The renewed PPP, which gives $284 billion in mortgage funding for U.S. small companies, is anticipated to be extra advanced than Spherical 1, because it permits a second-draw for firms with important income losses. That is on prime of thousands and thousands of companies needing to use for mortgage forgiveness and the slate of different support applications manned the SBA instantly.
However Guzman has demonstrated enthusiasm and a excessive metabolism for the work wanted to assist entrepreneurs and small companies. After a stint within the SBA beneath the Obama administration, she served because the director of California’s Workplace of the Small Enterprise Advocate. There she most helped implement a grant program for companies affected the pandemic.
Previous to becoming a member of the SBA, Guzman based two companies, together with GovContractPros, a authorities contractor consulting agency in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which boasts on LinkedIn of serving to “authorities contractors entry and navigate the $500 billion federal market with confirmed experience.” Earlier in her profession, she had labored in strategic initiatives at ProAmerica Financial institution, a business financial institution in Los Angeles for small and midsize firms looking for development capital. Former SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Candy is the founding father of ProAmerica Financial institution.
Guzman’s LinkedIn profile additional says she’s an alumna of the College of Pennsylvania the place she acquired her Bachelor’s diploma from the Wharton College of Enterprise.
Whereas Kerrigan and her colleagues are fast to supply an appraisal of Guzman, additionally they had some selection recommendation: “It’s essential that the following SBA chief discover a strategy to interact with leaders of the small enterprise group and associations frequently,” says Kerrigan. Her reasoning: giving the small enterprise group a seat on the desk, she’d be doing simply what Obama did giving the SBA a seat in his cupboard. “Isabel [Guzman] has confirmed that she is adept at the sort of engagement and inclusiveness, and I hope she continues to observe these attributes as soon as confirmed as SBA Administrator,” provides Kerrigan.