Goodall, Minkowsky recommended for regional SBA post

U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree on Tuesday recommended State Sen. Seth Goodall and former Workers’ Compensation Board official Steve Minkowsky as candidates for the post of New England regional administrator for the Small Business Administration.

The representatives’ recommendations go to President Barack Obama. Typically, a Mainer fills the regional SBA position.

The position of regional administrator was vacated earlier this year when Jeanne Hulit was promoted to become the SBA’s associate administrator of the Office of Capital Access.

“The SBA is a valuable resource for small businesses, and we need a strong advocate for our region in this post,” said Michaud and Pingree in a release. “Especially in these tough economic times, the access to capital and resources SBA provides are critical to jump-starting new businesses and helping existing ones grow and create jobs. Both of these Mainers would bring a wealth of knowledge, talent and breadth of experience to the position and serve New England well.”

Goodall is a two-term Democratic senator from Richmond who has been active in environmental issues at the State House, among other areas. He’s been a member of the Maine Economic Growth Council for several years, and founded a small business, Goodall Landscaping, when he was younger. Goodall is an attorney with Dyer, Goodall & Denison in Augusta.

Minkowsky, of Orr’s Island, worked for the Workers’ Compensation Board from 1988 to 2011, most recently as manager of the Office of Monitoring, Audit and Enforcement, and also serving as legislative liaison and human resources representative.

Hulit had been the regional administrator since 2009. Prior, she was senior vice president for commercial lending at Citizens Bank, and had worked for KeyBank previously. Robert H. Nelson, the Massachusetts district director for the SBA, is filling in as acting regional administrator.