Small Business Development Center Advisor Joins SBA Columbus District Office
COLUMBUS – Jerome Jones, a small business advisor with a background in both economic development and lending, has joined the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Columbus District Office as a lender relations specialist.
In his new role, Jones will conduct trainings and other outreach activities throughout central and southern Ohio to market the SBA’s lending programs and services and help lenders grow their volume of SBA-guaranteed loans.
“I look forward to utilizing my experience as a banker and economic development professional to create relationships with lenders, small business owners and the SBA. Building this network will increase small business access to capital and help Ohio’s economy grow as a result,” Jones said.
For small businesses at any stage, access to capital can mean the difference between success and failure, and SBA-guaranteed loans can fill that need. The agency doesn’t lend money directly to small business owners, but sets guidelines for loans made by its partnering lenders, community development organizations, and micro-lending institutions. Lender relations specialists like Jones play a critical role in supporting and educating lenders about how the SBA can help their customers.
“We’re thrilled to have someone with Jerome’s experience and background join the SBA Columbus District team,” said SBA Columbus Deputy District Director Scot Hardin. “He brings a wealth of knowledge that will help us expand our message and support lenders throughout the district.”
Most recently, Jones served as a business advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College. Prior to holding that position, he served as the Vice President of Lending for the Economic and Community Development Institute. He has held other small business development positions at Telhio Credit Union, Key Bank and the Community Capital Development Corporation. Jones is also an active volunteer in Central Ohio, having served on the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee and as a member of the board for the Columbus Urban League. He is a graduate of Jackson State University and Franklin University.
“The best advice I can give to small business owners is to take advantage of the many resources available, many of which are provided at no cost to you,” Jones said.