WEDNESDAY: Obama Cabinet Member to Highlight Economic Opportunity in Houston Area

Jan 11, 2016, 20:20 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 Houston to underscore President Obama's State of the Union address. She will engage communities and drive the conversation on recent developments in the U.S. economy regarding small business and entrepreneurship.

Contreras-Sweet will showcase the importance of leveraging technology and entrepreneurship to lift communities and create jobs in a 21st century economy by visiting Houston Technology Center (HTC), the largest technology business incubator and accelerator in Texas. Then, she will stop by to visit The Breakfast Klub, which has utilized SBA services to start and grow their business.

In the afternoon, Contreras-Sweet will have a meet and greet with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Afterwards, she will host a town hall at Houston Community College to discuss administration and SBA efforts to propel entrepreneurship through the White House My Brother's Keeper Initiative as well as smart SBA tools to boost local small business investment. She will then visit the Port of Houston, which generates 2.7 million jobs nationally and has awarded more than $400 million to local small business since 2002.

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

WHO: SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet

WHAT: Media Availability   


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

10:30 – 11:15 a.m


Tour of Houston Technology Center


410 Pierce St, Houston, TX 77002

11:20 – 11:50 a.m


Visit to The Breakfast Klub


3711 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.


Town Hall with Entrepreneurs


Houston Community College, 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

2:30- 3:30 p.m.


Tour the Port of Houston


111 East Loop North, Houston, TX 77029

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: MA16-01

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SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration