Small Business Chief to Guest on the Entrepreneur Re-Boot Academy aka ERBA

Miami, Florida

Maria Contreras-Sweet the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be a guest on the Pete De La Torre Business Hour on Thursday August 21st, 2014 during a special broadcast of the Entrepreneur Re-Boot Academy aka ERBA. ERBA is a two week long on air business radio "academy" focusing on all things business and the vital points for re-booting your knowledge & skill sets as an entrepreneur. The special on air series is being hosted by radio personality Pete De La Torre and Executive Business Coach Sally Villalba.

Contreras-Sweet is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans. She was appointed by President Obama to head the Small Business Administration, the government agency that guaranteed some $30 billion small business loans last year. In addition to lending, the agency has 68 regional offices that offer counseling to small business owners.

Contreras-Sweet comes to the job after working in government and business. From 1999 to 2003, she was the Cabinet Secretary of California's Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, where she oversaw a $14 billion budget. Before that, she founded ProAmerica Bank, which focuses on lending to Hispanic entrepreneurs.

Hear her insights, and advice for small business entrepreneurs during ERBA. Tune in to 880 AM WZAB The Biz during the Pete De La Torre Business Hour beginning at 8:00 am. The on air academy ERBA began on August 18th and runs through the 29th. Class is in session from 8am-9am Monday through Friday. On Twitter follow the hastags #ERBA and #MakingBusinessHappen and follow the show on Twitter @peteradioshow and @SallySBIZTips.


About Pete De La Torre

ERBA Host Pete De La Torre is currently President/CEO of Pete De La Torre Enterprise, an organization that specializes in re-inventing businesses through communication, training and professional speaking services. He is also an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, the largest college in the U.S.

He is also the Host of The Pete De La Torre Business Hour, a live daily radio show focusing on economic development and business opportunities for South Florida. The show airs each morning from 8-9am on 880 AM The Biz. De La Torre is also a regular monthly columnist for Community Newspapers in Miami.

About Sally Villalba

ERBA Co-Host Sally Villalba has a BA in Business and over 23 years of significance business experience and knowledge on how to capitalize profitable business opportunities in both domestic & international markets. Sally's management background and skill sets have been instrumental in inspiring numerous professionals to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

As a certified Executive Business Coach, a Facilitator and business radio co-host, Sally has broadened her expertise and help entrepreneurs and business owners discover their possibilities and much more.

About Entrepreneur Re-Boot Academy aka ERBA

A two week long radio series on 880 AM WZAB during the Pete De La Torre Business Hour. Hosted by Pete De La Torre and Sally Villalba The ERBA broadcast will include valuable tips on: 

  • Organization
  • Infrastructure
  • Marketing
  • Financing
  • Technology
  • Training & development,
  • Franchising
  • Business trends
  • Entrepreneur success stories