Patrick Rodriguez / SBA

Patrick Rodriguez

Senior Area Manager
Small Business Administration
NC District Office

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration
has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions
and other forms of assistance to small businesses.


SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

   • Access to Capital
   • Entrepreneurial Development
   • Government Contracting
   • Advocacy

Patrick Rodriguez, Raleigh’s Senior Area Manager of the North Carolina District Office
of the Small Business Administration, will speak with us about a promising new initiative
for our community from the SBA - LGBT Business Builder.

His presentation outlines how this program pools expertise and resources from the SBA’s district
and regional offices, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s thirty-eight affiliate chapters.

This innovative program is helping business owners leverage the chamber’s LGBT-owned business certification by assisting businesses in securing government contracts, exporting goods, and obtaining capital right here in the Triangle.







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