U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez will be in the Coastal Bend area June 18th to meet with economic development organizations and small business stakeholders to promote SBA’s programs and services.

Her itinerary will include a keynote address to the Robstown Area Development Commission, meetings with local officials and the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

“The strength of our community is directly related to the strength of our small businesses. The Lower Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi areas have strong leaders who are interested in creating an environment where small businesses can thrive and create more jobs. I think it is a wonderful opportunity to be back in Corpus Christi and the Lower Rio Grande Valley to support our small business community and the leaders that represent them,” Olivarez said.

As of May 31, 2015, Lower Rio Grande Valley District borrowers were approved for 152 loans valued at $73 million growing 69% from YTD May 2014. These loans helped create and/or retain 2,041 jobs.

Olivarez was appointed by President Barack Obama and former SBA Administrator Karen Mills in 2009. She leads Region VI in the delivery of SBA’s financial, entrepreneurial development, government contracting and international export initiatives in five states and 10 district offices.

The SBA’s Corpus Christi Branch Office is located in Corpus Christi, Texas and is an extension of the Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office (LRGVDO) is located in Harlingen, Texas. The district covers 14 of the 254 counties in the State of Texas and is comprised of a diverse landscape to include international ports of entry, beaches, deep sea ports, ranch land, and metropolitan cities. Its geographical and demographical mixture is greatly reflected in its entrepreneurial spirit and economic outlook. To learn more about SBA’s programs and services, visit www.sba.gov or call the LRGV District Office at (956) 427-8533.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation and to help families and businesses recover from national disasters.