SBA launches new faith-based and
community initiatives center
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[FEB. 19, 2005]
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.
Small Business Administration has created a Center for Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives to help nonprofit, grass-roots
organizations learn about and access SBA-backed programs and loans.
As part of the initiative,
all current technical assistance grant recipients -- including
SCORE, Women's Business Centers and Small Business Development
Centers -- have extended their programs to faith-based and other
nonprofit organizations that focus a significant portion of their
activities on aiding small businesses.
The new center is part of the agency's implementation of the
president's Faith-Based and Community Initiative, which supports the
compassionate efforts of faith-based and secular grass-roots
organizations to improve their communities. The initiative is
designed to open government programs to these organizations by
ensuring that grass-roots leaders can compete on equal footing for
federal dollars, receive greater private support and face fewer
"By working more closely with faith-based and other
organizations, we can advance the president's goal of bringing jobs
and hope to economically distressed communities all across our
nation," said Hector V. Barreto, administrator of the Small Business
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Field representatives are already developing workshops, training
seminars and open houses to reach out and educate faith-based and
community organizations about Small Business Administration programs
and to ensure that these groups have equal access to the services.
For more information on the agency's initiatives for faith-based
and community organizations, visit
www.sba.gov/fbci or contact the Small Business Administration
district office in your area.
For more information about all of the agency's programs for small
businesses, visit www.sba.gov
Small Business Administration news release]