Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meet Erin Andrew of OWBO (Bridges to Business, April 16)

E-Magnify is pleased to introduce the Keynote Speaker for the Bridges to Business event on April 16: Erin E. Andrew, Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

As the U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, Erin E. Andrew is the director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership

She oversees the agency’s efforts to promote the growth of women-owned businesses through advocacy and programs that provide business training and counseling, access to credit and capital, and multiple business and networking opportunities. 

Erin manages a nationwide network of women's business centers that provide training, counseling and mentoring to hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs in every state and two U.S. territories. Her office also works with representatives in every SBA district office to oversee operations of the women’s business centers and to coordinate services for women entrepreneurs.

Most recently, Erin served as director of the Innovation Clusters and Skills Initiatives in the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which works to meet the counseling and training needs of America’s small businesses. She focused on supporting entrepreneurship skills initiatives, regional innovation clusters, and entrepreneurship training for America’s transitioning military service members, women, youth and 50+ Americans. 

Prior to her work at the SBA, Erin was a senior policy analyst at the National Governors Association, focusing on workforce and economic-development issues. She has held positions at different levels of government, including working in the Governor of Iowa’s Office as a policy advisor on economic development and workforce-development issues; and at a local/regional development authority in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she counseled federal agencies on organizational change strategies and enterprise architecture.

Erin holds a B.S. in business administration and ethics, and an M.S. in public policy and management, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Erin will deliver a Keynote Address called "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs" at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on  April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. During her address, she will cover the following: 

  • Overview of SBA programs and opportunities for women business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Discussion of how SBA empowers women entrepreneurs through access to capital, contracting, and counseling
  • Examination of new and exciting initiatives impacting women entrepreneurs 
Full event details and registration are available here.

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