Victor Parker was appointed district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles District Office. He oversees the delivery of SBA programs and services to aspiring and existing small business owners, SBA lenders and partners in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. He’ll be contributing on a regular basis but we caught up with him to ask him a few questions:
When a friend or family member asks what you do to help small businesses, what do you say?
I explain that the SBA is here to connect you with the resources you need to operate a successful business…whether you are in need of business counseling, financing or looking for contracting opportunities, the SBA provides services to help entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed.
What are you most proud of in your time with the SBA so far?
I’m excited about the number of businesses that we’ve been able to provide contracting opportunities to and that our district office currently leads the country in lending to small business.
What are your priorities moving forward?
There are still many businesses seeking capital and it’s one of our primary objectives to continue increasing our programs’ capacity to assist businesses with financing. For example, the demand for smaller loans…we introduced the Community Advantage and Small Loan Advantage programs, which streamlines access for loans up to $250,000 and complement our existing SBA microloan program that funds loans up to $50,000. Check it out at: http://www.sba.gov/advantage.