The Small Business Administration has restored to its website online resources for LGBTQ-owned businesses that were removed early last year.
Last week, two Democratic congresswomen from New York who serve on the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, Nydia Velazquez and Yvette Clarke, wrote a letter to SBA administrator Linda McMahon, asking what had happened to the LGBTQ outreach page.
The page was removed in January 2017, soon after President Trump was inaugurated. Committee staff asked the SBA about it last August and were told the website was under construction and the page would soon be reactivated.
"It has now been over a year since these resources were taken down," Velazquez and Clarke wrote. "Other pages that were also under construction are already up and running. This is deeply troubling and renews our concern that this page’s removal may have been politically or ideologically motivated, rather than simply administrative."
The restored webpage links to local offices and resources, including a business development program, a list of district offices with "a strategic alliance with the LGBT business community" and information about certification for LGBTQ-owned small businesses. Also listed is an e-mail address for the SBA’s LGBT outreach team.
The website says that the SBA "conducts outreach to be more inclusive of LGBT business owners, and our staff welcomes and recognizes the importance of greater inclusion at all levels and to all communities."
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