7 January 2021 – San Francisco, CA: Isabel Guzman, a champion of BuildOUT California (www.buildoutcalifornia.org) and all of California’s small businesses, has been nominated to serve as the head of the United States Small Business Association (SBA). Ms. Guzman has been serving California these last several years as the Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate of California Governor Gavin Newsom.
“Since Day One Isabel has been a champion of every small, minority, woman, Disabled Veteran and LGBTQ business in the State of California. As the Governor’s point person on Small Business, she has been a real ‘rock of Gibraltar’ during the COVID-19 Pandemic when small businesses have been overwhelmed by the economic impacts of this crisis,” stated Paul Pendergast, President and founder of BuildOUT California. “She will be an amazing advocate for all small businesses in the United States at one of the most challenging times in our Nation’s history.”
If confirmed, Ms. Guzman would lead an agency that is best known for its loan programs to provide small firms with capital. Many of the SBA’s loan programs rely on partnerships with banks and other financial institutions, which issue the loans and receive an SBA guarantee.
About BuildOUT California
BuildOUT California is the world’s first LGBT Industry Association dedicated to the sustainable growth of LGBT owned & certified businesses, and our allies, in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Construction Services, Real Estate Development, and Related Industries. BuildOUT California’s efforts are directed toward advocacy at the regional, statewide and national levels, providing relevant technical assistance & training and delivering connections that lead to measurable business growth. BuildOUT California’s 21 Founders represent over 620 years of experience in the A&E/Construction industries.
For more information, visit www.buildoutcalifornia.org