Small Business Administration

Council Member: Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Council Designee: Erin Andrew, Director, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration

As the U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, Erin Andrew is the director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.  She oversees the agency’s efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses through advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities.

Andrew manages a nationwide network of women's business centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories.  Her office also works with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the women’s business centers and to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs.

Most recently, Andrew served as director of the Innovation Clusters and Skills Initiatives in the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which works to meet the counseling and training needs of America’s small businesses.  She focused on supporting entrepreneurship skills initiatives, regional innovation clusters, and entrepreneurship training for America’s transitioning military service members, women, youth and 50+ Americans.

Andrew holds a B.S. in business administration and ethics, and an M.S. in public policy and management, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

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