LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds the U.S. Senate for confirming President Barack Obama’s nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).
“Ms. Contreras-Sweet cares deeply about small business and understands the link between small employers and our overall economic success. She has demonstrated that by actively contributing to the prosperity of many Los Angeles businesses and serving on the L.A. Area Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee for more than a decade,” stated L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO, Gary Toebben.
“California alone has 3.4 million small businesses that employ 52 percent of the workforce. Having Contreras-Sweet at the SBA ensures that this state and region’s small business community have an advocate in Washington D.C.”
Ms. Contreras-Sweet is the founding chairwoman of PROAMERICA BANK, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 35 years, which serves small to mid-sized businesses with a focus on the Latino business community. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Spirit of California from the California State Legislature and Entrepreneur of the Year from the U.S. Hispanic Congressional Caucus. Contreras-Sweet was also a member of California Gov. Gray Davis' Cabinet where she served as the secretary of the California Department of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2003 — she oversaw a department of 40,000 employees that operated on a $12-billion budget.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.