From SBA Nominee’s Backyard, Voices Of Small Business

By Alexander Soule and Chris Bosak
The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) On Tuesday, Linda McMahon, the former CEO of Stamford-based WWE will field questions from the U.S. Senate Committee as she seeks confirmation for a spot in Trump’s cabinet.

The Hour, Norwalk, Conn.

If you had the ear of President Donald Trump weekly in addition to running a small business, what would you keep top of mind?

More than a few business owners in southwestern Connecticut would relish the opportunity to be able to do just that — with one of their own on the cusp of having that opportunity in the form of Linda McMahon, Trump’s nominee to head the Small Business Administration.

On Tuesday, the Greenwich resident and former CEO of Stamford-based WWE (NYSE: WWE) is to field questions from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship as she seeks confirmation for a spot in Trump’s cabinet.

Created by Congress in 1953 to ensure small businesses get a fair share of government vendor spending, the SBA also guarantees bank loans in an effort to get lenders to extend credit in borderline cases where they might otherwise pass. President Barack Obama elevated the SBA administrator to a cabinet-level position in 2012. McMahon is slated to replace Maria Contreras-Sweet, who previously ran a bank in Los Angeles.

On Friday, local business owners gave their thoughts on what they would like to be able to ask McMahon during this week’s confirmation hearings and the response they would want to hear she plans to take to her own prospective boss at future cabinet meetings.

“For me, as a small-business owner, it’s simple: Taxes are killing us,” said Jim Ero, owner of Crown Prints, a screen printing, embroidery and custom apparel maker in Norwalk. “It seems that small businesses are expected to carry the economy.

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