BusinessWeek had a piece last week on Mills, the newly confirmed head of the Small Business Association. She promises to reinvigorate the agency.
Mills nevertheless inherits an SBA that languished under the Bush Administration, which cut its funding by about 26% since 2001 and sliced staff by 18% since 2003. Lobbyist Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Assn., says he hopes Mills will deploy her nonpartisan credentials and experience to reach across the aisles in crafting policy.
The SBA has often had a tense relationship with Congress. The business world will be interested to see if she can change the tone of discuss and make the agency more effective.