MILWAUKEE, Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the voice of small business on President Obama's Cabinet, will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett as well as other city officials and local community and business leaders to officially unveil the city's "Startup in a Day" platform: StartSmart.
This platform is the culmination of a project supported by a $50,000 SBA award received by Milwaukee as a "Start Small" winner of SBA's Startup in a Day Competition. That competition was created to help U.S. cities simplify the process and paperwork required to start a business so entrepreneurs can launch and grow their businesses in less time and at lower cost. StartSmart is also part of the City of Milwaukee's Local Business Action Team, working to simplify the process of starting and operating a business in Milwaukee.
9 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Milwaukee City Offices, 1st Floor Board Room
809 N. Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202
SBA Administrator and Cabinet Member Maria Contreras-Sweet
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Department of City Development Deputy Commissioner Martha L. Brown
Alderman Terry Witkowski, Local Business Action Team
Announced by President Obama in late 2015, Startup in a Day is an initiative designed to help cities and Native American communities streamline the licensing, permitting, and other requirements needed to start a business in their areas, with the goal that an entrepreneur can apply for everything necessary to begin a business within one business day.
Small businesses are the primary driver behind the record 78 months of consecutive job growth and the engine of America's economy. Under the Obama Administration, SBA-backed small business loans have supported 4.5 million jobs. The federal agency has launched several highly successful initiatives to better serve the U.S. small business community and promote job growth, capital investment and economic development.
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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SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration