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Michael P. Forbes
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Michael Forbes’ experience in the public and private sector largely has concentrated on championing the needs of small business and what Forbes labels the ‘last of the pioneers challenging new frontiers’, America’s enterprising entrepreneurs.

In 1989, he was appointed by the President to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Forbes was principal liaison between the SBA and Congress, advocating for a myriad of small business issues and those programs designed to bolster the creation of jobs and the growth of business. He shepherded to approval in the U.S. Senate the nomination of several high ranking administration officials. He later headed up the New York regional operation, successfully working with the Nation’s major banks and entrepreneurs to set new records in small business lending.

Elected in 1994 to the first of three terms in the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Forbes was named to the prestigious Committee on Appropriations where he specialized in federal assistance for small business and economic development; the environment, child care and children’s issues. He also served on the Financial Services and Small Business committees. The Speaker of the House appointed Mr. Forbes to the coveted bicameral Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the “Helsinki” Commission). He has traveled extensively to the Middle East and Asia. Since leaving Congress, Forbes has served as an international observer for elections in Ukraine and Cameroon.

Today Mr. Forbes is President and Chief Executive Officer of PR/Strategies International, a communications, marketing and public relations firm.

Born in Riverhead, New York, he is descendant of a prominent Long Island newspaper family. He is married to Barbara Ann (Blackburn), has four children -- Abigail, Theodore, Samuel and Maximilian -- and resides in Round Rock. Texas.

Blog Entries by Michael P. Forbes

Ideas on Early Win for Obama Team

Posted November 17, 2008 | 16:15:22 (EST)

The exciting new team taking shape for President-elect Obama offers a real change on how business is done in the Nation's Capital -- albeit with some very experienced hands providing counsel and expertise.

But here's the "trapdoor" that awaits if we're not careful -- (1) a strained Federal budget with...

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Democrats Can Jump Start Recovery By Reinvesting in SBA

Posted November 17, 2008 | 10:52:58 (EST)

As Obama Considers Options, Proven Programs Exist in Federal Toolkit

As Barack Obama hunkers down with the brightest minds in the country to craft a plan to restore market stability, economic growth and national confidence, federal programs already exist that, with renewed interest and only a modest investment, could help...

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