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Courtesy photo Jovita Carranza is sworn in as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration in an Oval Office ceremony held Monday, Jan. 27.

I applaud President Trump’s decision to appoint Jovita Carranza as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Oval Office ceremony on Monday, Jan. 27 cements the President’s commitment to revitalize underserved communities and rural areas, and bring funding, federal contracts, export assistance and management resources to help small businesses thrive.

Administrator Carranza believes in the American dream because she lives it. During her confirmation, she pledged to lead the Agency in making that dream a reality for others. She said advancing upward mobility in communities that have historically been left behind is a priority of the President and is a personal issue for her.

Administrator Carranza’s experience includes a remarkable 30-year career with the United Parcel Service, where she began as an hourly dock worker, and rose to oversee operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and ultimately retired as the highest-ranking Latina in the company’s history.

Administrator Carranza is no stranger to SBA. During her first tenure with the Agency as the deputy administrator from 2006 to 2009, she saw first-hand the power of a dedicated team and its ability to impact America’s 30 million small businesses that create 66% of the country’s workforce. President Trump nominated Jovita Carranza to lead the SBA while she was serving as the 44th Treasurer of the United States.

During her testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, she said: “Throughout my life – as a young girl in a working-class community, as an executive leader at a global company, and as a government official – I’ve seen the transformative power entrepreneurship can have on individuals, communities, and the global economy.”

Under Administrator Carranza’s leadership SBA will continue opening doors for women and underserved entrepreneurs and serving our military families and veterans who have served us. She also plans to prioritize disaster preparedness.

The Administrator will be a champion for policies such as Opportunity Zones, a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to American communities that need them the most.

These areas of emphasis complement the President’s priorities of continued economic growth and prosperity. With Administrator Carranza at the helm of SBA, I’m confident we’ll be able to build on the success of the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade agreement. The agreement establishes fair trade rules between our North American neighbors and its implementation sets the future for trade progress for small businesses by simplifying customs and trade rules and reducing barriers and costs that small businesses have historically faced.

As the Regional Administrator for the South Central States – Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico - I have had the honor to be a part of one of the most successful economic development teams in government. I am excited by the opportunity to work under Jovita Carranza, an experienced business executive and public servant.

Justin Crossie is the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Central Region VI, serving, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Follow us on Twitter @SBASouthCentral. The SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to start, grow, expand or recover.)

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