Kansas City native Michael Barrera has been named the new director of the Kansas City Small Business Administration office.
Michael Barrera is the new district director, replacing Jon Malcolm, who has held the office since 2015.
Barrera joined the SBA in 2020 as the North Florida district director. An attorney and small business advocate, Barrera was past president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
His family has operated a Kansas City-area restaurant for more than 50 years, and his father was a founder of both the U.S. and Kansas City Hispanic chambers.
The Kansas City district office is dedicated to the SBA’s larger mission of supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the area. It covers 89 counties in western Missouri and eastern Kansas with a field office in Springfield. It oversees nine Small Business Development Centers, four SCORE chapters and one Women’s Business Center.