The Dallas area is a hotbed for small businesses.
So much so that Dallas was chosen as one of four cities on the Small Business Administration’s road trip to celebrate National Small Business Week. Other stops were Seattle, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
SBA Administrator Karen Mills, who has a seat in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, stopped by Tuesday’s event at the Arlington Convention Center to tout her agency’s resources and support for entrepreneurs.
Told by a panelist that the SBA is the federal government’s best-kept secret, Mills said in an interview that she wants to change that perception.
“We no longer want to be the best-kept secret,” said Mills, who announced in February that she’s leaving her position after a new administrator is confirmed. “We want the SBA to be ubiquitous.”
In a roundtable with reporters, Mills discussed the SBA’s role helping small businesses, the lending environment and mistakes entrepreneurs make. Here is an excerpt: