美国联邦中小企业局（Small Business Administration，简称SBA）于1958年被美国国会确定为"永久性联邦机构"。作为美国联邦政府专门设立的向中小企业提供资金支持、技术援助、政府采购、紧急救助、市场开拓（特别是国际市场）等全方位、专业化服务的机构，美国中小企业管理局是美国政府制定小企业政策的主要参考和执行部门，在各联邦政府部门中享有很高的地位，局长由总统亲自任命。美国中小企业局总部设在华盛顿，在美国十大城市设有分局，分局下设100多个地方机构，员工总人数超过4000人。
U.S.EXPERTS TO PRESENT AT MAJOR PRODUCTIVITY CONFERENCE
The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)has engaged senior adviser to the Office of International Trade at the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA),Eugene Cornelius,Jr to present and co-facilitate a major conference focusing on Australia’s flagging productivity.
Mr Cornelius was responsible for the establishment of the SBA’s Office of International Trade and previously,as deputy associate administrator of that Office,overseeing four program divisions:Federal State and Trade;International Trade Finance;International Affairs &Trade Policy;and Administration &Operations.
In addition to his SBA role,Mr Cornelius has accepted a one-year detail with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB),with headquarters in Washington DC.
Mr Cornelius will be joined by fellow American,Dr Winslow Sargeant.Dr Sargeant is ICSB’s President Elect and Managing Director of S&T.Previously,he was the Chief Counsel for Advocacy appointed by and reporting direct to President Barack Obama.Dr Sargeant was also a managing director at a Madison,Winsconsin-based capital firm,Venture Investor LLC.
Mr Cornelius and Dr Sargeant will form part of a large line-up of talented presenters at the Small Business:Big Vision event being run by the IPA Deakin SME Research Centre on 4and 5September 2019.Keynote speakers include the Hon Michael Sukkar MP,Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer,and Ms Kate Carnell,the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.
Other international speakers include:Prof Charles Matthews,University of Cincinnati;2017-18Fulbright US Scholar,USA;and Ms Diah Yusuf,entrepreneur,business consultant,Vice President ICSB,Indonesia.