SBA Announces Microsoft President Brad Smith, Industry

Washington, Oct. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the US Small Business Administration announced the initial list of speakers for its first small business cyber summit, including Brad Smith, vice president and president of Microsoft. The summit takes place on October 26, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and follows the recent announcement of winners for the SBA’s new pilot program, created to help emerging small businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks. The free, virtual cybersecurity forum is a first for the agency and aims to help U.S. small businesses discover tools, tips, and resources to strengthen their cybersecurity infrastructure, in addition to exploring new trends and challenges that entrepreneurs are increasingly facing.

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA chief and voice of America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s cabinet, will kick off the summit with an intimate fireside chat with Microsoft’s Brad Smith to discuss the two organizations’ efforts to enable small businesses and startups across America to grow their cybersecurity infrastructure and combat evolving and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks – a priority of the Biden-Harris administration, describe in the bipartisan Presidential Infrastructure Act (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act).

In addition to this segment, other featured attendees will include Kiersten Todt, Chief of Staff for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) at the US Department of Homeland Security.

Biography of Brad Smith, vice president and president of Microsoft:

As vice president and president of Microsoft, Brad Smith leads a team of more than 1,900 business, legal, and corporate professionals located in 54 countries and operating in more than 120 countries. He plays a key role in leading the company’s work on critical issues involving the intersection of technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, artificial intelligence, environmental sustainability, human rights. man, immigration and philanthropy. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, initially spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was appointed general counsel for Microsoft and spent the next decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and technology companies. Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was a partner and later a partner at the law firm Covington and Burling.


  • Isabelle Casillas GuzmanAdministrator, US Small Business Administration
  • Brad Smithvice president and president, Microsoft
  • Kirsten ToddChief of Staff, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), US Department of Homeland Security
  • Kimberly Mentzell, Director of Cybersecurity and Aerospace, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Jacob BlackstenDigital Solutions Manager, Delaware Small Business Development Center
  • Count GregorichArea Manager and Business Consultant, Greenville Area Small Business Development Centers
  • Joshua LawtonDirector of Engagement (Americas), Global Cyber ​​Alliance
  • Scott AndersonExecutive Director, Forge Institute
  • Eric Tolerexecutive director, Georgia Cyber ​​Center
  • Ashley PodhradskiAssociate Professor of Digital Forensics, Dakota State University
  • Jennifer GoldBoard Director, InfraGard New York Chapter
  • Arthur Plewschief of staff, US Small Business Administration
  • Mark MadridAssociate Administrator, US Small Business Administration, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
  • Jennifer KimAssociate Administrator, US Small Business Administration, Office of Field Operations
  • Larry StubblefieldAssociate Administrator, US Small Business Administration, Office of Veterans Business Development
  • Bruce PurdyAssociate Administrator, US Small Business Administration, Office of Small Development Centers
  • jack bienkoSenior Innovation Advisor, US Small Business Administration, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
  • Aikta MarcoulierRegional Administrator – Rocky Mountain Region, US Small Business Administration, Office of Field Operations

Additional speakers and schedule to come. The schedule is subject to change.

Participation is free, but registration is compulsory. Visit to register for this event.


About the SBA’s First Small Business Cyber ​​Summit

The inaugural summit will bring together various experts, including the SBA, SBA Resource Partners, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), collaborators from the state government and public/private sectors, including small business owners and main technology platforms.

Composed of digestible and compact segments, attendees will have the opportunity to network and access practical advice, problem-solving strategies, industry trends, threat avoidance and small business testimonials for learn how to help small business owners defend against cyber attacks. To register for this free summit, please visit

About the United States Small Business Administration

The United States Small Business Administration helps fuel the American dream of business ownership. As the single, go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA gives entrepreneurs and small business owners the resources and support they need to start, grow, or grow their business, or recover from a declared crisis. disaster. It provides services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


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