U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware's new U.S. Small Business Administration district director, Antonio "Tony" Leta, talked today in the Senator's Wilmington office about their ideas for supporting small businesses and creating jobs in Delaware. Leta will oversee the delivery of SBA programs and services to small businesses throughout the district, succeeding Jayne Armstrong, who now leads SBA's Virginia District office.
"The economy is certainly improving, but its continued growth depends on the success of small businesses and the jobs they create," Senator Coons said. "Tony Leta is the kind of leader Delaware's small business community needs--he brings to the table a working knowledge of SBA and its programs, and an extensive private-sector background in marketing, sales and general management. Jayne Armstrong nurtured SBA from its infancy into a successful support system for small businesses throughout the state, and I look forward to working with Tony and his talented team as they continue this down this road."
Leta will oversee eight employees who specialize in contracting, economic development, exporting, lending, minority-, women- and veteran-owned small businesses, and public affairs, government contracting programs and counseling and training through SBA resource partners. The SBA provides loan guarantees through private sector lenders, it offers counseling and training through its resource partners: the Small Business Technology and Development Center, SCORE, and the YWCA Delaware Center for Women's Entrepreneurship.