WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced today that Chris James has been appointed to serve as SBA's Associate Administrator for the Office of Field Operations in addition to his current role as Associate Administrator for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
"I am honored to join the Office of Field Operations and look forward to continuing to serve the President and the U.S. small business community," said James, who oversees many priority initiatives at SBA. These include Startup in a Day, which encourages cities to centralize and streamline the requirements and support services for entrepreneurs to start a business, and the SupplierPay program, a White House-led effort with the private sector designed to strengthen America's small businesses. He also coordinates the American Supplier Initiative, an Administration-wide effort to support American manufacturing.
James previously led the SBA's Office of Native American Affairs, which promotes and enhances small business services and opportunities for Native Americans. He remains an active member of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, the White House Rural Council, White House Community Solutions Task Force and the White House Interagency Group on Insular Affairs.
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About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov
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