Remaking America: Karen Gordon Mills, New SBA Administrator

By perksconsulting |

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned… it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.”
-Barack Obama

Barack Obama has recently taken another bold step that will affect small business: the selection of Karen Gordon Mills, a fellow Harvard Graduate and venture capitalist from Brunswick, Maine, as the new administrator for the Small Business Association.

National business groups such as these are the main source of political representation for small businesses, and Karen Gordon Mills (who embodies cutting-edge, growing business) is up at bat. Gordon Mills’ portfolio boasts the co-founding of New York’s Solera LLC, a company that makes late-stage investments in a variety of growing businesses. Ms. Mills has also enjoyed an extensive amount of success in the realms of politics and business:

•Consulting for McKinsey & Co.
•Presiding over the MMP Group
•Advising Maine Governor John Baldacci
•Chairing the Council on Competitiveness and the Economy

Like many recently appointed leaders, Ms. Mills faces an uphill struggle due to recent budget cuts and restructuring of the Small Business Association. But, if anyone can turn it all around it’s Karen Gordon Mills.

Not only does she understand the struggles of small businesses, but she also plans to bring new life to the American labor market by creating jobs and increasing the SBA involvement in the job market and economy at large. With her vast amount of experience, history of bipartisanship, and big plans for the SBA, Karen Gordon Mills brings a fresh perspective that is expected to propel growing business into a bolder, more confident, and much greener future.

“Small, entrepreneurial businesses based on innovation are gathering up to get a bigger voice, and they are starting to reach out to each other so they can get more access and visibility in Washington,” she says. “When they have a mission in mind…they are highly active.” –Karen Gordon Mills


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