Jeb Bradley and U.S. Small Business Administration Ad ministrator Steven Preston Discuss Economy in Manchester

Manchester, NH) - U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) Administrator Steven Preston joined First District Congressman Jeb Bradley to meet with New Hampshire small businesses at the Amoskeag Business Incubator in Manchester this morning. The two spoke with New Hampshire small businesses about the economy and how to improve SBA services for small businesses.

"As former small business owner in Wolfeboro, I know first handthe challenges that small business owners face in trying to grow their businesses," said Bradley, a member of the House Small Business Committee. "Many small businesses don't know about the SBA services that are available to help them, such as start-up loans and business counseling, so that's why it is important to spread the word about the programs and assistance that the SBA offers. Small businesses are the backbone of New Hampshire'seconomy and we need to make sure we afford small businesses the opportunity to grow."

One example of a program that assists small businesses in New Hampshire is the Amoskeag Business Incubator, which recently received final approval from the SBA for $98,723 in funding. The Amoskeag Business Incubator is a non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial support for businesses in the early stages of development.

Julie Gustafson, the Executive Director of the Amoskeag Business Incubator, stated, "We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding. It will go a long way in bringing the Incubator to the next level. What we plan to do is start up two programs, a business support program and an affiliate program. The business support program will provide goal-driven support to businesses in the Incubator. The affiliate program will offer alterative options to leasing full-time office space for business that cannot yet afford a full month's rent costs. The funding will help us increase business development in the community and state."