WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- When asked how the government is helping small-business owners, Karen Mills cites "the three Cs." "Contracting" and "counseling" are making strides, the head of the Small Business Administration says. But "capital" has been stymied as large banks and insurers such as Citigroup (CITI), Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) and AIG (AIG - Get Report) have received billions of dollars in bailouts to the detriment of smaller companies.The SBA must ensure that 23% of government contracts go to small businesses, which amounted to about $100 billion last year, says Mills, who took the helm in April. The organization under Mills' regime also has been pushing the idea of regional economic clusters, partnerships of small manufacturers and big businesses, government agencies or academic institutions. Those are designed to spur economic growth, such as helping suppliers find new connections in new industries -- those in military defense, for example -- in the wake of the auto industry's downward spiral.
SBA Struggles as Citigroup, AIG Hog Money
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