Mr. Small Biz Goes to Washington

Nominated to head the SBA, Steven Preston is facing his confirmation hearing. Here is what small-business leaders say about him

For some time now, the Small Business Administration has found itself under fire. Frequently referred to as the "embattled SBA, " the agency has received criticism and censures for its management of a raft of situations—in particular, its response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes last year and its handling of economic disaster-recovery loans to small businesses following the September 11 terrorist attacks (see BusinessWeek.com, 5/11/06, "The SBA's Iffy Future").

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