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The SBA hopes to throw more weight behind entrepreneurs.

This story appears in the November 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The SBA wants to change itself into a mean, lean fighting machine. Administrator Hector V. Barreto Jr. has a five-year plan to make the sometimes unwieldy agency more responsive and less focused on the banks that are the backbone of its marquee loan and loan guarantee programs.

At hearings in the House Committee on Small Business in July, Lloyd A. Blanchard, the SBA's chief operating officer, said, "SBA, and not its private partners, must be 'in charge' of SBA's customers."

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