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SBA Administrator brings personal perspective to challenges

Featured photo above: Pictured left to right – Councilman Ed McDowell, President Roslyn Clark Artis, Administrator Isabella Guzman, Councilwoman Aditi Bussells, and Mayor Daniel Rickenmann

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Guzman addresses the media on Wednesday at Benedict College, home to a Women’s Business Center. (Photo/Melinda Waldrop)

Isabella Casillas Guzman learned firsthand what makes a successful small business growing up in California, where her father owned a chain of veterinary practices.

“What I admired most about my father was his relationship in the community. Everyone who walked in that door was so special to him and vice versa,” Guzman said. “The impact that he made in his neighborhood was truly remarkable.”

Guzman, sworn in as the 27th Administrator of the Small Business Administration on March 17, 2021, spoke with the Columbia Regional Business Report after a stop at Benedict College as part of a bus tour supporting National Small Business Week. Benedict became one of two historically Black colleges and universities to launch a Women’s Business Center in 2020.

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