THIS WEEK: Obama Cabinet Member to Highlight Entrepreneurial Development in Atlanta

Jan 11, 2016, 20:46 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will travel to Atlanta following President Obama's State of the Union. She will showcase SBA and Administration efforts in providing current tools and resources for investment in entrepreneurship and small businesses. 

On Thursday, January 14, Contreras-Sweet will participate in a fireside chat hosted by GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, moderated by Central Atlanta Progress President A. J. Robinson. They will discuss the role of intergovernmental collaboration in helping small businesses and city centers across America thrive.

In the afternoon, Contreras-Sweet will visit Highland Bakery. Afterwards, she will underscore the importance of connecting entrepreneurs to small business accelerators and incubators to foster a 21st century economy by touring the Atlanta Technology Development Center. That evening, she will deliver remarks at a Millennial Women event.

On Friday, January 15, Contreras-Sweet will deliver opening remarks at the annual Operation Hope: HOPE Global Forums. She will speak on SBA's strong partnership with Operation HOPE to boost economic opportunities for the middle class. Afterwards, she will tour the King Center in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Follow the Administrator's visits on social media with the hashtag #SOTUsmallbiz, and her accounts @MCS4BIZ on Twitter and Facebook.

WHAT:    Media Availability   


Thursday, January 14, 2016

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Fireside Chat: Mobilizing Economic Opportunity Downtown


SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Central Atlanta Progress President A. J. Robinson.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building

77 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA


12:30-1:30 p.m.


Visit to Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

3:00 p.m.


Tour of Atlanta Technology Development Center


75 5th Street NW, #200, Atlanta, GA 30308

6:00 p.m.


Remarks at Millennial Women Meet and Greet


817 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Friday, January 15, 2016

8:30 – 9 a.m.


Opening Remarks for Operation Hope: Global Forums


Atlanta Marriot Marquis

264 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Tour of Martin Luther King Center

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


450  Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

HOW:   Media interested in attending or setting up interview should contact Miguel Ayala at or (202) 450-0148.

Contact: Miguel Ayala  (202) 450-0148
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Advisory Number: MA16-02


SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration