Thursday, March 12, 2009

SBA’s March Web Chat Will Highlight the Recovery Act

Release Date: March 12, 2009
Contact: Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059
Release Number: MA09-03
Internet Address:

SBA’s March Web Chat Will Highlight the Recovery Act

WASHINGTON – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be the
focus of discussion for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s March Web
chat. SBA Associate Administrator for Capital Access Eric Zarnikow will help
small business owners get answers to their questions about what the Recovery
Act means for the nation’s small businesses.

The Recovery Act is a national effort to grow the U.S. economy by stimulating
job creation, freeing credit markets, and investing in small business. The Act
contains a package of loan fee reductions, higher guarantees, new SBA
programs, secondary market incentives, and enhancements to current SBA
programs that will help unlock credit markets and begin economic recovery for
the nation’s small business sector.

SBA is working to enact the new programs created by the passage of the bill
and make changes to the programs already in existence. Additional
information on the Recovery Act is available online at .

WHO: Eric Zarnikow, associate administrator for the Office of Capital Access
at the U.S. Small Business Administration will host the SBA’s March Web chat
on the topic “The Recovery Act and Your Small Business.” Zarnikow will
answer a range of questions to help chat participants understand the elements
of the Recovery Act that pertain to the SBA and the nation’s small

WHAT: SBA’s Web chat series, providing small business owners with an
opportunity to chat about relevant business issues online with experts,
industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Chat participants will have
direct, real-time access to the Web chats via questions they submit online,
both in advance of and during the live session.

WHEN: March 19, 2009, 1 – 2 p.m. ET

HOW: Participants can join the live Web chat by going online to,
and clicking the “Online Business Chat” icon. Web chat participants may post
questions for Zarnikow before the January 15th chat by visiting , and posting their questions online.

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