Congressman David Cicilline Brings SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills to Rhode Island

Jan 23, 2012

At the invitation of Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), participated in a series of events to highlight federal resources and support available for small business owners in Rhode Island.

Congressman Cicilline and Administrator Mills began their day at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, where they met with mayors and town administrators from the First District to discuss how the SBA works to support local municipalities in strengthening small businesses in their communities.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the Rhode Island economy,” said Congressman Cicilline.  “I thank Administrator Mills for joining me here today, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the months ahead as we strive to break the gridlock in Washington and put Rhode Islanders back to work.”

“I was honored to attend this unique forum. It was a great opportunity to speak with the Administrator in a roundtable setting, to discuss practical ways to bring small business information to our communities. It seems obvious that she and Congressman Cicilline are committed to implementing a more streamlined approach to helping business people navigate through what is now a very daunting process. My community will benefit as a result of sharing ideas and concerns with someone who has the authority and the willingness to make those needed changes,” said Paulette Hamilton, Town Administrator of North Smithfield.

Later, while visiting Comfort Dental in Central Falls, Congressman Cicilline and Administrator Mills met with owner Dr. Carmen D. Sanchez.  Dr. Sanchez, a native of the Dominican Republic, first opened a Comfort Dental office in Providence in 1999.  She later started a second office in Central Falls after she was able to secure loans from the SBA.

“I was able to open a second location for my business and create new jobs because of the support I received from the U.S. Small Business Administration,” said Dr. Sanchez.  “I know that Congressman Cicilline and Administrator Mills are fighting hard to expand opportunities for small businesses in Rhode Island and I am grateful for their ongoing support.”

Congressman Cicilline and Administrator Mills closed the day by hosting a roundtable discussion with minority small business owners from the First District.  Hosting the discussion at Progreso Latino in Central Falls, Mills and Cicilline discussed ways that entrepreneurs can receive assistance from the SBA, and also listened to suggestions on how Washington can better serve small business owners.

“I applaud Congressman Cicilline for the work he is doing to support small business owners in Rhode Island. As we work to put our country on the right track, it is imperative that we give small business owners the resources they need to expand operations and create jobs,” said Administrator Mills.  “I’m happy that Congressman Cicilline and I were able to discuss the challenges facing small business owners in Rhode Island today.”

Administrator Mills was officially promoted to serve in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet on January 13, 2012.  The 23rd Administrator of the SBA, Mills has served since April 2009 after she was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Mills and her family live in Brunswick, Maine.