By Alex Fees
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills visited the Delmar Loop Wednesday to talk about President Obama's tax proposals to help support small business.
Mills visited Vintage Vinyl, Fitz's American Grill and Bottling Works, and Componere Art Gallery.
"I'm here in St. Louis today meeting with small business owners, talking about President's tax proposals to make sure we get agreement to reduce the deficit in a way that helps small business owners this holiday season and keeps the economy going for them," said Mills.
But she was taking questions on other topics. A reporter asked her if she is a hockey fan.
"There is a lack of hockey right now," said Mills, referring to the NHL lock-out. "And that's affecting a lot of small business owners. So the Small Business Administration has come forward and said we're going to be coaching some small businesses this fall who may be around some of the stadiums. They might be in the ticket business; they might be in the entertainment business."
Mills said every time there is some kind of interruption in a big business operation you really do have a trickle-down effect to small business.
"Hockey businesses and all businesses need a mentor. And if they come to the website at sba.gov, just put in your zip code you'll get names and information of mentors who can help your business on a 1-to-1 basis," she said.
The following is from a news release obtained from sba.gov: "In the 23 cities that host NHL teams, SBA representatives will be reaching out over the coming weeks to business owners to provide counseling sessions and help businesses work through this difficult time."
"'Small businesses are the backbone of our cities and towns and they should not have to sit in the penalty box,'" said Mills. "'When massive work stoppages affect local businesses, the federal government must play a role in helping to ensure stability. Using our vast counseling network, SBA is prepared to coach small businesses until the crowds return. Through resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women's Business Centers, and Veterans' Business Outreach Centers, SBA has a network of over 14,000 counselors who are ready to lend a hand to small business owners in the affected areas. The cities SBA will be targeting include Anaheim, CA, Boston, MA, Buffalo, NY, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ, Pittsburgh, PA, Raleigh, NC, San Jose, CA, St. Louis, MO, St. Paul, MN, Sunrise, FL, Tampa, FL, Uniondale, NY, and Washington, DC."