March 9, 2022
The United States Small Business Administration has promoted John M. Blackstock to SBA District Director in New Jersey, the federal agency’s most senior career official in the Garden State. Blackstock succeeds former District Manager Al Titone who retired from the agency after more than a decade of service. In this new role, Blackstock will oversee the implementation and delivery of SBA programs and services in all 21 Garden State counties.
For the past six years, Blackstock has served as Deputy District Manager or Chief Operating Officer for the SBA District of New Jersey, directly supervising office employees and overseeing the creation and adherence to the office’s strategic plan.
Blackstock brings a wealth of experience to the Garden State area that will benefit the small business community. His experience includes previous management and customer service roles with the US Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service, US Department of Commerce, in addition to nearly three decades of uniformed military service.
“John Blackstock’s expertise in the SBA’s federal loan and economic relief programs will be instrumental in helping New Jersey’s smallest of small entrepreneurs access our federal agency programs,” said Marlene Cintron, Administrator SBA Atlantic regional. “I have an exceptional relationship with John and know that he will continue to ensure that the District of New Jersey continues to provide exceptional customer service, access, outreach and support to small business owners.”
“We are thrilled to have John lead the New Jersey District Office to new heights as we continue our mission to help our small business community and work with lenders. He looks forward to building additional and lasting partnerships with our lending community and key stakeholders and has already started on track,” Cintron added.
As district manager, Blackstock will be responsible for overseeing approximately $1.3 billion in annual traditional loans and more than $2.6 billion in federal contracts awarded to eligible small and small businesses in the United States. State.
Additionally, Blackstock will provide support to district council partners including Small Business Development Centres; SCORE Chapters; Women’s Business Center; United States Export Assistance Centers; Veterans Affairs Awareness Center; and Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
A combat service veteran, Blackstock is driven by a commitment to service, to providing exceptional customer service to taxpayers, and to advancing entrepreneurship and small business opportunity not only in the state, but also in the tri-region. states. Further complementing his new role, District Manager Blackstock has already been recognized for evaluating and completely revamping the performance management program for the SBA’s Office of Field Operations, which has 68 district offices across the country.
“I look forward to working with New Jersey small business owners and entrepreneurs from all corners of the state, in addition to our resource and community partners, as the SBA moves from pandemic recovery to the resurgence of small businesses. Our 940,000 small businesses employing 1.9 people are the backbone of our economy. I am proud that the SBA has issued more than 661,000 loans, grants and economic relief payments worth nearly $41.7 billion that will help these economic giants recover from the pandemic and thrive. Together with the New Jersey team that I have the privilege of leading, we will be there to help our entrepreneurs get started, grow and grow their businesses tomorrow,” said District Manager John M. Blackstock.
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