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Ahmad Goree discusses how billion-dollar SBA program is bringing hope to small businesses

Ahmad Goree discusses how billion-dollar SBA program is bringing hope to small businesses
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Ahmad Goree joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Dallas/Fort Worth District Office in 2010. He’s currently the lead economic development specialist and public information officer, overseeing economic development activities across 72 Texas counties.


Since 2015, his outreach has helped generate more than $6.6B to small businesses and created over 50,000 jobs in the DFW area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked hard to provide outreach and assistance to DFW area business communities, helping over 100K businesses access $6B in funds to help them recover. Goree spoke with rolling out about his current role and how SBA has helped companies in North Texas.


You currently oversee a pretty big grant program, correct?

I was tapped back in April to help build up a new program that [was] passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. It is to help shuttered venues, or what we call our entertainment or arts industry-type venues, recover from COVID. It’s a grant program specifically for that.


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