Interview with U.S. SBA District Director Walter Perry

Our guest today is U.S. SBA Tennessee District Director Walter Perry.  We will learn about SBA lending programs and other key initiatives for small businesses. Perry joined the SBA in January and they have experienced a strong increase in lending to the small business sector.

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We learn what lending programs are available and the best way to go about getting an SBA loan.

We also learn about other key programs for small business owners.  The Obama Administration has been putting a lot of investment into Small Business growth and I look forward to learning about the SBA’s initiatives.

Mr. Perry is visiting Chattanooga due to the recent storms and we will discuss disaster preparedness strategies for small business. Mr. Perry leads the Tennessee District in facilitating loans to small businesses through lending institutions, advocating federal government contracting opportunities for small businesses and working with local communities in all 95 Tennessee counties on entrepreneurial development and growth opportunities.

Perry brings to the position 20 years of federal experience, most recently serving in East Tennessee for the past 15 years at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge complex. During this time, held the positions of Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations Manager, where he was responsible for advocating science, environmental management and national security mission activities to the public, media and elected officials for a federal operation employing over 13,000 people with an annual budget of over $3 billion.

SBA District Director – Walter Perry (on left) and SBR Host – John Martin (on right)

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