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Small businesses create social mobility, according to Latina SBA administrator

By Pablo J. Sáinz
La Prensa San Diego

Maria Contreras-Sweet is a prime example that anyone can earn the American Dream with effort and dedication.

Since April, she has been the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

No small feat for a woman who immigrated to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, at the age of five, along with her single mother and five siblings. She rose through the corporate world ranks, founding the first Latino-owned bank in California in more than 35 years.

“That’s why I love this country,” Contreras-Sweet said. “I came here as an immigrant, and now I’m on the President’s Cabinet. He saw my talents. This not only speaks about how President Obama values diversity, but it says a lot about our country. I come from no economic advantage or corporate background. It really shows how great our country is.”

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