Former U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator to Speak at Weber State

OGDEN, Utah – The former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hector Barreto, will speak at Weber State University on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Wattis Business Building Smith Lecture Hall.

Barreto was appointed as administrator of the SBA by President George W. Bush and unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. He served in the position for five years starting in July 2001. During his time as administrator, he focused much of his efforts in working with small businesses owned by minorities, veterans and women.

During the presentation, Barreto will discuss his time at the helm of the SBA, as well as his recently published book, "The Engine of America," which seeks to motivate and inspire entrepreneurs through stories and ideas of business leaders from across the United States.

Barreto, who as a young man helped his father manage several small businesses, is currently the chairman of the Latino Coalition, a national initiative that recognizes Hispanic small business owners and community leaders. He also works as the chairman of the non-profit organization Business Matchmaking and previously served as the vice chairman of the board for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The presentation, which is cosponsored by Zion's Bank, is free and open to the community and will conclude with a reception and book-signing opportunity for those in attendance. For more information, call 801-626-6063.

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Lewis Gale, John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics dean
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Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
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