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Removing Roadblocks for Small Business: Creating an Environment of Success for America's Job Creators

Recorded on May 11, 2004

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center

Can anything be done to help alleviate government-imposed barriers to job growth? How do class-action lawsuits, health mandates on employers, and other regulatory barriers hinder small businesses from flourishing in a competitive market? Join us as The Honorable Hector Barreto shares his perspective on these questions and more.

As Administrator of SBA, Hector Barreto oversees the delivery of financial and business development tools to America's entrepreneurs. With a portfolio of direct and guaranteed business loans and disaster loans worth more than $45 billion, the SBA is the largest single financial backer and facilitator of technical assistance and contracting opportunities for the nation's small businesses. Administrator Barreto's experience in the world of entrepreneurship began at a young age when he helped his parents by working in, and later co-managing, a family restaurant, an export/import business, and a construction company in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri. He later opened his own employee benefits firm in California. Barreto is a graduate of Rockhurst University.