Support Letter for the Confirmation of Dilawar Syed for SBA Deputy Administrator

By at 29 September, 2021, 9:03 am

September 17, 2021


The Honorable Ben Cardin


Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

United States Senate


The Honorable Rand Paul

Ranking Member

Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

United States Senate


Dear Chair Cardin and Ranking Member Paul:

On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), I am writing to communicate our support for the nomination of Dilawar Syed to the post of Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Our understanding is that the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship will hold a confirmation vote on September 21, and SBE Council urges committee members to vote in favor of Mr. Syed’s confirmation.

In addition to his prior service in the Obama Administration working as a business liaison and on matters important to U.S. small businesses and competitiveness, Mr. Syed’s success as private sector CEO – launching and scaling startups – makes him an ideal fit for the SBA Deputy Administrator role. Especially at a time when small businesses need to regularly “pivot” in order to navigate a challenging economy and recovery, and when new business applications are exploding, SBE Council believes Mr. Syed’s exceptional experience and knowledge can help SBA increase the effectiveness of it programs and efforts to reach more small businesses.

SBE Council strongly supports Mr. Syed, and we look forward to working with him once he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions, and thank you for your support of America’s small businesses.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

cc: Members of the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

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