Jen Psaki, the Biden press secretary, was recently asked, "What is President Biden doing for my small business?" Her response was this: "First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the SBA who formerly worked there. The second thing is he signed an executive order to make it easier for minority-owned small businesses to get access to the funding that they need, and third is that in the American Rescue Plan, there's currently about 60 Billion to help a range of small businesses get access to additional funds."
Conservative media quickly went on the attack for this statement, using the first part of Psaki's report and suggesting that all President Biden cared about was appointing a woman to the SBA post.
First of all, he didn't just nominate any woman; he nominated Isabel Guzman. Being a woman doesn’t automatically make her qualified to head the SBA during one of the biggest economic crises small businesses have faced. Her unparalleled experience in helping small companies does. Most recently, Guzman served as the director of California's Office of the Small Business Advocate. While there, Guzman launched a $500 M grant program for small businesses in California and oversaw initiatives that helped small businesses acquire new technology to reopen safely. All in response to the pandemic.
Most importantly, Guzman didn’t just "work" at the SBA. She worked at the SBA as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to the SBA administrator during the Obama Administration. Therefore, she already has the respect and support of the career SBA employees who will be instrumental in putting new initiatives in place. During the Obama administration, the SBA had the job of helping small businesses that were affected by the Great Recession. Guzman also has invaluable experience in assisting small businesses during some of the most economically challenging times this country has faced.
It’s high time for the Senate to vote on Guzman’s nomination and let her get to work.