Maria Contreras-Sweet
Pictured: Mayor Francis Slay, SBA Madame Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. Back row: Dennis Melton, Betsy Cohen, Patricia Brown-Dixon, Denny Coleman, Rodney Crim.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project kicked off National Small Business Week in a big way—with a visit from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Contreras-Sweet came together with the St. Louis Mosaic Project to form a strategic partnership, supporting and promoting entrepreneurship within St. Louis’ foreign-born community. Essentially, this agreement boosts the SBA’s local outreach on entrepreneurship, training and counseling with a focus on our immigrant and refugee communities.

Madame Administrator also shared her experience as an immigrant entrepreneur. As the son of immigrant entrepreneurs, I can relate. She spoke of learning English and starting a business; she emphasized the struggles of what it means to be a small business owner and how those experiences are shaping the SBA’s focus on accessibility to entrepreneurs.

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