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The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the appointment of Robert Holguin (left) as the Deputy District Director for Nevada, to oversee delivery of the SBA’s programs and services throughout the state and its seventeen counties.
“Bob Holguin joins the SBA with a diverse background and strong lending experience,” says SBA District Director, Ed Cadena (right). “His experience in economic development, small business lending and as a veteran means that Nevada’s small business owners, including veteran-owned businesses, have another resource at the SBA that understands where they’re coming from and can help them achieve their goals to grow their business and create jobs. Bob will be an asset to Nevada and our small business community.”
Holguin is responsible for the management and delivery of SBA financial and business development programs, targeting the small business community in all northern, southern and rural regions of Nevada.
“I am honored to join the SBA family and the Nevada District Office,” says Holguin. “I have worked with small businesses for the past 15 years, overseeing technical assistance programs and leading an SBA lending division at a mainstream bank. Having been a small business owner I understand the unique and complex challenges they face every day, and family business ties in Nevada provide insight into the struggles small businesses face in our state.” Holguin adds, “Bringing in more micro lenders to support Nevada entrepreneurs is a definite priority.”
Prior to joining the SBA, Holguin was Director of Business Services for Valley Economic Development Corporation (VEDC), where he developed access to capital programs to assist entrepreneurs to start, develop and grow within the Los Angeles region. During 3 years in small business lending at East West Bank, he quadrupled SBA lending, taking the bank previously ranked 300 to one of the top 100 SBA banks in the U.S.
Holguin also managed one of the largest Small Business Development Center networks in the country, with 11 locations, many with low to moderate income areas. He oversaw the Capital Access Center which became a top producing SBA loan packaging intermediary.
Holguin also brings over 20 years private sector experience in technology, manufacturing, retail and publishing environments. He was Director of Business Operations & CIO for Hispanic Business Magazine Inc. and currently sits on boards of directors of numerous organizations.
Holguin holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and is a Vietnam era veteran. The Nevada district office is headquartered in Las Vegas.