SBA names new administrator for N.J. region

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the appointment of Steve Bulger as regional administrator for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon confirmed the decision Thursday, saying Bulger would be responsible for managing SBA’s lending, economic development and procurement programs over five district and six branch offices.

“I am very pleased that Steve is in place to help support me and the president in serving as a voice and go-to resource for our nation’s 30 million small businesses,” McMahon said. “In his new position as the regional administrator for Region II, I will rely on him heavily as we move forward in 2018 and beyond, and look forward to working closely with him on the issues and concerns that are most important to the small businesses in his region,”

Bulger, who hails from New York, spent over 20 years in the medical device industry, including his time overseeing orthopedic implant and equipment sales and marketing efforts in Stryker’s Upstate N.Y./Western New England area. He also co-founded a digital startup and worked as an investment broker in the financial services industry.

For the past six years, he worked as district director for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), helping with business, nonprofit and health care sector operations across 15 counties in upstate New York.

Now, however, Bulger is ready for his next step.

“I am honored to join SBA’s team of talented individuals who are committed to the development of small business,” he said. “I look forward to leveraging SBA’s tools and programs to help create more opportunities for small businesses to succeed, create jobs and improve access to capital in order to drive local and national economic growth.”