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Small businesses have wish list for new SBA head

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Maria Contreras-Sweet, are you listening? Now that President Obama has nominated you to run the Small Business Administration, owners have a to-do list for you.

The SBA needs to get banks to lend more, help small companies win more federal contracts, and work toward easing regulations, they say. And it needs to get the word out to companies about what it has to offer.

Small business owners may be looking to the next SBA administrator for help making their companies stronger, but the role reaches into job creation and the health of the broader economy. More than 99 percent of the 27 million companies in the U.S. are small businesses. They employ about half the nation’s workforce.

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