Calvin Goings Promoted to National Leadership Role at SBA

With the 2012 elections focused on economic improvement and job creation, the Obama administration has tapped Calvin Goings to serve as the assistant associate administrator for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

Goings has served as a regional administrator for the SBA in the Northwest since January 2010, in which role he was responsible for oversight of the SBA’s initiatives in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. During his tenure in the Northwest, Goings promoted nearly $2 billion in SBA loans and facilitated the awarding of more than $9 billion in federal procurement contracts, according to an SBA statement. Norm Proctor of the Boise District will now take over local operations.

“I am excited to be chosen to help direct SBA’s national Office of Field Operation as a key member of the agency’s leadership team and to lead a national effort to increase small-business outreach and entrepreneurial training,” Goings said.

In his new national position, Goings will be “leading a nationwide effort to increase small-business outreach and entrepreneurial training by strengthening the services provided at SBA’s 68 field offices, 1,000 Small Business Development Centers, 350 SCORE counseling chapters, and 100 Women’s Business Centers,” according to the SBA.

Calvin Goings Roundtable
Goings addresses a small-business roundtable at the 2011 NWCUA Convention and Annual Business Meeting

Goings has strong roots in the credit union movement, having served as the executive director for the Washington Credit Union Foundation and as a special assistant to the CEO of the Washington Credit Union League. His league focus was to serve small businesses and emerging markets.

“Calvin’s commitment to national service and U.S. economic advancement will be complemented by his credit union experience,” said Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) CEO John Annaloro. “His achievements will benefit us all.”

Goings worked as an assistant manager of a Puyallup Key Bank before launching a successful and storied political career. He won fame in 1995 when he became the youngest state senator in Washington history at age 22.

Prior to his national appointment this week, Goings has been promoting Obama’s American Jobs Act in a series of articles.

“The American Jobs Act will put money back into the pockets of small-business owners and give them new tools to grow their businesses and create jobs,” Goings wrote in a recent column. “Over the long run, it will make investments in our nation’s schools and infrastructure—creating more contracting opportunities for small businesses.”


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