Office of Advocacy Appoints Darcella Craven to Serve as Regional Advocate for Region 7

SBA Number: 23-03 ADV

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Office of Advocacy in the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to announce Darcella Craven has been appointed Region 7 Advocate. Representing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, Craven will help Advocacy reach the midwestern states and ensure that small business in the heartland have their concerns heard.

Before joining Advocacy, Craven was the president and chief fear conqueror at the Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc. and an instructor at the University of Missouri teaching students on entrepreneurship. Craven has also worked for the United States Army, specializing in combat communications, transportation, and logistics, and received an honorable discharge in 1996. She holds a Master of Arts and is a doctoral candidate in management from Webster University.

“We are excited to have Darcella join the Advocacy team,” said Deputy Chief Counsel Major L. Clark, III. “Her vast knowledge on government practices, work with the veteran community, and experience as an entrepreneur will make her a great addition to the team.”

“I am excited for this opportunity to be the Region 7 advocate.” Craven said. “I look forward to making sure the voices of midwestern businesses are heard in Washington, D.C.”

Craven can be reached at

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers. Economic research, policy analyses, and small business outreach help identify issues of concern. Regional Advocates and an office in Washington, DC, support the Chief Counsel’s efforts. For more information on the Office of Advocacy, visit, or call (202) 205-6533.

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