Ms. McMahon is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. The Small Business Administration (SBA), which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses by extending loans and making sure they get a percentage of federal contracts.
Read the AAAS letter to the nominee for the head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon.
Why is this department important to the science community?
Small businesses play an important role in the U.S. innovation ecosystem, with small start-up companies paving the way for and even growing into, some of the largest and most successful ventures in our 21st century economy. The Small Business Administration, in partnership with federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets, administers the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs to provide an opportunity for small businesses to compete for federal R&D funding in areas that advance the sponsoring agency's mission. This provides an important lever for helping U.S. small businesses can compete in today’s global innovation economy.