SBIA Presents Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) with Champion of Small Business Investing Award

Catherine Kuerbitz
Small Business Investor Alliance
(202) 628-5055


WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 12, 2018) – Today, the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), the leading association of lower middle market private equity funds and investors, recognized Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) for his support of small business investment and presented him with SBIA’s Champion of Small Business Investing Award. Rep. Graves is among a group of select Members of Congress whom SBIA is honoring in recognition of their support for small business access to capital.

“I’m honored to accept the Champion of Small Business Investing Award,” said Rep. Graves. “Small businesses are the backbone of Georgia and our nation’s economy, making access to capital for these businesses an essential component of economic growth and job creation. As a member of Congress and chairman of the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, I will always fight for free and competitive markets, which keep consumers safe while ensuring small businesses can thrive.”

“Chairman Graves has been an incredible advocate for investment in America’s small businesses through his support of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program and the Business Development Company (BDC) industry,” said SBIA President Brett Palmer. “Small business investors empower growth and job creation across the country, and the legislative work of our Small Business Champions in Congress has been instrumental to facilitating greater capital access for America’s entrepreneurs.”

BDCs provide critical growth capital to American small businesses to help them expand their operations and create jobs; they currently have over $2.9 billion invested in Georgia businesses.


About the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA)

The Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) is the premier organization of lower middle market private equity funds and investors. SBIA works on behalf of its members as a tireless advocate for policies that promote competitive markets and robust domestic investment for growing small businesses. SBIA has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the growth and vitality of the private equity industry for over 50 years. For more information, visit or call (202) 628-5055.

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