Coalition Letter on the Nomination of Isabel Guzman to the SBA

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 12:30pm

Dear Chairman Rubio and Ranking Member Cardin:

          The undersigned small business organizations urge the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship to expeditiously schedule a confirmation hearing for Isabel Guzman, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).   

          We are grateful for the work of this Committee to address the economic suffering on Main Street caused by COVID-19.  Passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in April provided a lifeline for millions of small businesses over the past ten months.  Last month’s enactment of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act) promises to provide assistance for parts of the economy that need help the most.

          Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on entrepreneurs, their employees, and their communities. 62% of small businesses fear the worst is yet to come.[1] Main Street employers and employees are counting on leadership at the SBA to deliver on the commitments Congress made in passing the CARES Act and the Economic Aid Act. 

          Administrator Carranza’s successor will be expected to deliver on a newly authorized Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), administer increased funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) and grants, prioritize emergency aid for disadvantaged communities, and oversee a new grant program for shuttered venue operators.  The aid provided by these critical programs would benefit from having an SBA Administrator confirmed and actively engaged as part of the President’s Cabinet.

          Thank you for considering our views.

 

Sincerely,

Agricultural Retailers Association

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

America's SBDC

American Beverage Licensees

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Dental Association

American Foundry Society

American Home Furnishings Alliance

American Hotel & Lodging Association

American Institute of Architects

Asian American Hotel Owners Association

Associated General Contractors of America

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators

Association For Manufacturing Technology

Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees

Association of Women's Business Centers

Brick Industry Association

CA Network of Women's Business Centers

California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity

California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns

California Hotel and Lodging Association

Council for Responsible Nutrition

Credit Union National Association

Financial Executives International

Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

GovEvolve

HUBZone Contractors National Council

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Alliance

Innovative Lending Platform Association

Institute of Makers of Explosives

International Franchise Association

International Sign Association

International Wood Products Association

Invest in Women Entrepreneurs Initiative

Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc.

National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship

National Association for the Self-Employed

National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders

National Association of Music Merchants

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations

National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

National Association of REALTORS®

National Association of Surety Bond Producers, Inc.

National Automatic Merchandising Association

National Automobile Dealers Association

National Business League, Inc.

National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International

National Cotton Council

National Federation of Independent Business

National Grain and Feed Association

National Grocers Association

National Independent Automobile Dealers Association

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

National Lime Association

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Retail Federation

National RV Dealers Assoc

National Small Business Association

NextGen Chamber of Commerce

Pet Industry Distributors Association

Professional Beauty Association

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Small Business Council of America

Small Business Investor Alliance

Small Business Legislative Council

Small Business Majority

Small Business Roundtable

Specialty Equipment Market Association

The Fertilizer Institute

The Latino Coalition

The SCORE Foundation

The Transportation Alliance

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

United Veterinary Services Association

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation

Western Electrical Contractors Association

Women Veterans Business Coalition

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

 

cc: Members of the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship


[1] MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (December 15, 2020). Available at: https://www.uschamber.com/sbindex/pdf/sbi_reports/SBI_2020_Q4.pdf.