SBA Announcing VT Receiving Funds To Assist Underserved Communities Oct. 28

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The U.S. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will announce Community Navigator Pilot Program awardees at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 during a virtual press conference.  Vermont and other states will participate in the $100 million Community Navigator Pilot Program, an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses. 

Through the pilot program, funding will be distributed amongst grantee organizations (“hubs”) that will empower them to engage local community entities (“spokes”) tasked with improving access to, and knowledge of, SBA and government resources for America’s small business owners.   

Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 2 p.m. ET

Virtual: (Media: RSVP by emailing

- Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, U.S. Small Business Administration
- Associate Administrator Mark Madrid, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
- Rep. Cedric Richmond, The White House, Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Public Engagement
- Select Community Navigator Pilot Program Awardees

- Under Administrator Guzman's direction to place equity at the heart of all SBA programs, the American Rescue Plan-funded Community Navigator Pilot Program will serve as a critical initiative in fulfilling the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring the nation’s small businesses receive support and access to federal relief programs that can help them build back better and thrive beyond the pandemic.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm