BOSTON, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alignable.com, the largest online network of small business owners, announced today that the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Karen G. Mills, has joined as an investor and advisor.
A leading authority on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation, Mills is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School and the author of the new book, Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream. She served in former President Barack Obama's Cabinet as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009 to 2013. In that role, she managed a loan guarantee portfolio of more than $100 billion, and led the agency's economic recovery efforts in the wake of the Great Recession.
"Small businesses are critical to the economy, but it is often difficult for them to access all the resources that they need," Mills said. "A community where small business owners across the globe can congregate, share information, and access the products and services they require will help them be more successful. When I met Alignable's co-founders, I saw the enormous value of the community they were building and how it could help small business owners grow and succeed."
The Alignable Network includes over 3.5 million small business owners across 30,000 communities in North America. Each day, thousands of business owners join for free to network, build trusted relationships, refer business, find new prospects, and gain access to unparalleled resources to drive their growth.
"Karen shares our belief that a massive transformation in the global small business economy will occur as we overcome the isolation felt by SMB owners by connecting them within their communities, industries, and across the globe," shared Alignable Co-Founder and CEO Eric Groves. "Karen's unique insights into the financial challenges these business owners face makes her an incredible resource for us and for our millions of members."
Karen G. Mills is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, and the author of the recently released book, Fintech, Small Business & the American Dream: How Technology is Transforming Lending and Shaping a New Era of Small Business Opportunity (March 2019, Palgrave Macmillan). She was a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet and served as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2009 to August 2013.
Alignable.com is the largest online network of small business owners with over 3.5 million members across 30,000+ communities in North America. Members use Alignable to make meaningful connections, generate customer referrals, promote events, find trusted vendors, and exchange expertise in a popular Q&A Forum.
The company also has established the Alignable Trust Index, which has over 60,000 ratings and reviews across 100 national SMB brands, showcasing the brands most recommended from one small business to another.
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