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      Biographies - MICHAEL BARRERA - National Ombudsman
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    President George W. Bush appointed Michael Barrera as the National Ombudsman for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of the National Ombudsman. Mr. Barrera began his duties on August 24, 2001.

    Mr. Barrera leads the national effort on behalf of the country’s small businesses to ensure fairness in the enforcement of federal regulations. In 1996, Congress passed the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). That legislation empowers the National Ombudsman to receive, substantiate, and report to Congress complaints and comments from small business owners regarding regulatory enforcement by federal agencies.

    Mr. Barrera received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989 and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1982. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association. In private practice he co-founded two law firms in Kansas City focusing on general civil litigation, small business startups, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, and personal injury. Mr. Barrera’s legal experience includes service as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri.

    Prior to studying law Mr. Barrera was a marketing representative for the Miller Brewing Company from 1982-1984 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to running two law firms, Mr. Barrera’s small business experience includes the management of two family-owned restaurants in the Kansas City area.

    He is the former chairman and president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Under Mr. Barrera’s leadership, the chamber membership grew 600 percent and corporate funding increased 400 percent.

    Mr. Barrera’s history of involvement in the community and his profession includes completion of the Centurions Leadership Program and the Globe International Leadership Program sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Barrera was recently selected to the Board of Trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation and was also selected to the 2001 Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens Academy.

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