Aida Alvarez, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration

April 24, 2007
Contact: Bernie DeGroat bernied@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR— Aida Alvarez, administrator of the U.S.
Small Business Administration, will discuss small business
policy in a free, public lecture at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 on the
University of Michigan campus.

Sponsored by the U-M School of Public Policy,
Alvarez’s talk, “A History of Success, A Millenium of
Opportunity: Small Business Policy for the 21st Century,”
will be held at Schorling Auditorium at the School of
Education, 610 East University Ave.

As SBA administrator, Alvarez—the first Hispanic
woman to serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet—
directs the delivery of a comprehensive set of financial
and business development programs for America’s
entrepreneurs. With a portfolio of direct and guaranteed
business loans and disaster loans worth more than $45
billion, SBA is the nation’s largest single financial
backer of small business.

Before assuming her current position in March 1997,
Alvarez was director of the Office of Federal Housing
Enterprise Oversight. She also has worked as an investment
banker and as a newspaper and television journalist.

For more information on her talk, call the U-M School
of Public Policy at (734) 764-3490.