Monday, October 5, 2009

Anna Recio Harvey of SBA Speaks in Pittsburgh


Contact: Joanne Quinn-Smith
Public Relations
Tel. 412-628-5048

Associations Assist in Business Growth, Growth Generates More Jobs

Pittsburgh, Pa. (October 2, 2009) – Ana Recio Harvey, Director of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership, will be on a Women Business Owners Advocacy panel hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners at the 3rd Annual NAWBO Day Friday, October 2, at the Greentree Radisson Hotel, at 10 AM.

According to the Department of Labor, in 2008 the economy lost 62,000 non-farm jobs. Yet it has been reported that there are now over 27.5 million people working for women-owned firms. Statistics show female owned businesses out employing Fortune 500 companies by 30 percent.

"It is imperative that the financial and government communities understand both the tremendous present economic contributions and future potential of women-owned businesses," says Gillian Rudd, NFWBO chair.

It is the goal of the Small Business Association to promote company growth in women owned businesses, which in turn generates more jobs and improves the economy. Ana Recio Harvey’s responsibility as Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership is to oversee this effort by managing a network of women business centers across the country. Harvey ensures that these business centers have programs that provide training and counseling, opportunities, and access to capital.

Harvey has a personal understanding of what it takes to grow a business. She grew her translation business from a one person company that translated English to Spanish to a 75 employee, certified multilingual communications company. Her business grew to serve the government, nonprofits and some of the top 500 businesses in the US.

The NAWBO Day Women Business Owners Advocacy Panel will afford the opportunity for female entrepreneurs to discover how they can continue boosting the US Economy by growing their businesses. It will also be an opportunity for these entrepreneurs to express their issues to representatives of organizations that exist to make such growth possible.

In addition to the advocacy panel discussion, NAWBO Day includes speakers, workshops, and a trade show, designed to inform business owners. Whether just starting or seeking growth, struggling or soaring, a large corporation or a consultant in any industry, this event is suited to equip Entrepreneurs.

It was largely due to the efforts of the National Association of Women Business Owners that after 1989 women were finally acknowledged as business owners. NAWBO continues to provide support to and advocacy for women entrepreneurs. The Pittsburgh chapter is the 5th oldest in the nation and the only chapter that has a City Council and Mayor designated NAWBO Day.


For more information about NAWBO Day or Ana Recio Harvey please visit or contact Joanne Quinn-Smith at 412-628-5048. You may also email Joanne at

Ana Recio Harvey:
· U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership,
· Director of the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, President Obama appointed
· Manages a nationwide network of women's business centers
· Translation consultant from 1991 to 2000
· Established Syntaxis, LLC, a highly successful SBA 8(a)-certified multilingual communications company with clients from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
· Successfully grew her company from a single English-to-Spanish translation agency into a full-service multilingual communications firm with 75 employees handling communications and translations in 25 languages.
· Served for two years as Latino Programs Director for Cultural Tourism DC,
· Named president and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2007
· Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

· Friday, October 2, 2009, 8 AM to 3 PM, at:
Radisson Greentree Hotel
105 Radisson Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
· Registration and trade show begin at 8:00 AM
· A day of speakers, panel discussion, workshops and trade show for entrepreneurs of all company sizes, industries - new or continuing business.
National Association of Women Business Owners
· Gives support to and advocacy for women business owners.
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