Washington, DC-May 13, 2011-The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the appointment of Ron Busby Sr., president, U.S. Black Chamber, to the newly formed SBA Council on Underserved Communities (CUC).
The CUC is part of the SBA’s ongoing efforts to expand its reach into underserved communities. It builds on SBA’s core programs and Recovery initiatives, and provides input, advice and recommendations on strategies to help strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for small businesses in underserved communities. These strategies will focus on increasing entrepreneurship and technical assistance, creating new and strengthening existing outreach and training, and raising awareness in underserved communities of SBA programs and services. To help SBA better address the challenges facing small business owners, the CUC will meet regularly and advise SBA on ways to increase access to capital and promote sustainability, growth, and job creation.
“This appointment is both an honor and a great responsibility”, Busby commented. “Our nation is clearly on the cusp of an economic recovery and it is my goal, and the goal of the U.S. Black Chamber, to make sure that Black businesses benefit from an upswing in the nation’s economy.
“The USBC’s role on the CUC will ensure that the voice and influence of Black business is at the table, and that we are instrumental in bringing about regulatory and policy changes that positively impact small business development.”