YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsSmall Business Administration

Small Business Administration

January 15, 2014 | By James Barragan, Marc Lifsher and E. Scott Reckard
President Obama named Los Angeles businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a community bank and a former California Cabinet member, as his nominee to head the Small Business Administration. Obama said Contreras-Sweet, who has worked with small businesses in the private sector, understands what small businesses need. "Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business," Obama said Wednesday. "The grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt. " "So not only did she start small businesses, but those have also been her customers, and she understands all too often that the lack of access to capital means a lack of opportunity," he said.
July 26, 2013
The gig: As president of the Los Angeles Business Council, Mary Leslie, 53, covers a lot of ground. On any given day, she might be meeting with major contributors to evaluate progress on a grant, driving to the San Fernando Valley to check out a fledgling solar installation company or researching an initiative to stop storm runoff from reaching the ocean. In spare moments, she will plot out the finer details of an upcoming summit, where government representatives, business leaders and academics will convene to solve nagging problems in housing, transportation and jobs.
February 25, 1998
High-tech small businesses can learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities Tuesday and March 4 at a conference sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Representatives from more than 100 procuring organizations in the public and private sectors will be on hand from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Industry Hills Sheraton Resort and Conference Center, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host the 12th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Businesses on Monday and Tuesday in Industry. The two-day conference, to be held at the Industry Hills Sheraton Resort and Conference Center, focuses on subcontracting and marketing opportunities for small and minority- and women-owned businesses in the high-tech industry. The event includes workshops, exhibitors and business counseling by SBA representatives.
September 11, 1992
Tuesday is the deadline to apply for Small Business Administration disaster loans to replace property damaged or destroyed in the riots of April and May. Loans totaling $190 million already have been approved by the agency for business and home owners, although the sum actually distributed so far is much lower. Many people who obtained loan applications have not turned them in. Assistance in filling out the forms is available from a number of organizations.
Los Angeles Times Articles