Christopher James, the assistant administrator for Native American Affairs with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), voiced his support for the American Jobs Act and entrepreneurship in Indian Country in The White House Blog.
James, a Cherokee from North Carolina, explained how his role with the SBA allows him to help Native entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing them with essential tools needed to grow and create jobs. This past fiscal year, the SBA helped more than 500 firms owned by American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians get small business loans and microloans.
This Friday, the SBA’s Administrator Karen Mills and other SBA leaders will host the third White House Tribal Nations Conference to discuss small business, economic development and other issues affecting Native communities.
“I will be excited to share with them the accomplishments that SBA has made in recent years: from high-intensity training for over 200 Native American entrepreneurs, to technology transfer partnerships between tribal colleges and local businesses, to counseling for Native American veterans, and more,” James stated. “Also, last month, as part of National Native American Heritage Month, I hosted SBA’s web chat with Native business owners throughout the U.S. to underscore economic growth and job creation for Native Americans.”