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SBA launches new faith-based and community initiatives center       Send a link to a friend

[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 bureaucratic barriers.

"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 Administration.

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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 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

[U.S. Small Business Administration news release]


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