WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Office of Advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce Darcella Craven has been appointed Region 7 Advocate. Representing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, Craven will help Advocacy reach the midwestern states and ensure that small business in the heartland have their concerns heard.
Before joining Advocacy, Craven was the president and chief fear conqueror at the Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc. and an instructor at the University of Missouri teaching students on entrepreneurship. Craven has also worked for the United States Army, specializing in combat communications, transportation, and logistics, and received an honorable discharge in 1996. She holds a Master of Arts and is a doctoral candidate in management from Webster University.
“We are excited to have Darcella join the Advocacy team,” said Deputy Chief Counsel Major L. Clark, III. “Her vast knowledge on government practices, work with the veteran community, and experience as an entrepreneur will make her a great addition to the team.”
SBA St. Louis District Director Maureen Brinkley adds, “I’ve known Darcella for almost 20 years and I’ve seen firsthand her dedication to small businesses. We’re looking forward to her bringing the same passion she brought to VetBiz to her work as Regional Advocate.”
“I am excited for this opportunity to be the Region 7 Advocate,” Craven said. “I look forward to making sure the voices of midwestern businesses are heard in Washington, D.C.”