Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and voice of small businesses on President Trump’s Cabinet, will visit with local small businesses in the Cleveland metropolitan area on Thursday, April 5, 2018. This trip is part of her nationwide Ignite Tour focused on listening to business owners; educating about the SBA’s services for access to capital, mentoring and federal contracting; and advocating for entrepreneurs and driving economic growth with small businesses. As of last month, Administrator McMahon has visited more than half of the SBA’s 68 districts and met with approximately 700 small business owners.
WHO: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon
John, Sonny and Nick Orlando, owners of Orlando Baking Company
WHAT: Small Business Visit and Tour
WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 9:45 a.m.
WHERE: Orlando Baking Company – OPEN PRESS
7777 Grand Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44104
WHY: Small businesses are the engine of America’s economy, and in Ohio, 99.6 percent of the businesses are small and they employ 2.1 million people – 46 percent of the state’s workforce. Orlando Baking Company, a family-run small business, had a major plant expansion supported by a nearly $3 million SBA-guaranteed loan and is in what’s classified as a historically-underutilized business zone. After five generations, it is proud to carry on the Orlando tradition of quality baking and contribute to job creation in a HUBZone with the SBA’s support. The company’s more than 250 varieties of fresh baked products are provided to some 4,000 customers including grocers and restaurants primarily in the Midwest. It has 360 employees and ships to stores across the U.S.