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April 21, 2022

Congresswoman Bourdeaux Secures Funding To Help Immigrant Small Businesses

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) presented the University of Georgia (UGA) with $100,000 in federal funding for their Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The funding will go to help the Center provide translation services and business training to non-native English-speaking small businesses owners, many of whom are recent immigrants and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“In order to serve ALL of Gwinnett’s small business owners, we need to make sure that the resources we have, at places like the SBDC and other resource partners, are accessible to everyone,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux. “That is why I was so proud to secure this funding for Gwinnett SBDC, which will allow them to offer their services and assistance to people who may have had difficulty accessing them before. Supporting small businesses is a major priority for me in Congress, and this project will go a long way towards supporting Gwinnett small businesses.”

In spring of 2021, Rep. Bourdeaux submitted 10 funding requests for important community projects in Georgia’s 7th District to the House Appropriations Committee. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 includes funding for all 10 of her community projects.

Currently, UGA SBDC offers basic business training, including starting and operating a successful business, as well as programs to help with growing a successful business, and follow-up direct consulting, but these services are almost exclusively in English. The funding will help UGA SBDC provide low or no-cost business management training and no-cost consulting to small businesses in their native language. 

The funding will also allow these programs to expand to include translation services in support of direct small business consulting through translation partners if needed. This project will enhance access to federal resources and information for minority-owned small businesses.

Congresswoman Bourdeaux was joined by Glenn Kruse, the SBDC Director, representatives from the University of Georgia, and local elected officials.

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.