TriNet is a leading provider of comprehensive human resources for small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs). Maria Contreras-Sweet, managing director of investment firm Rockway Equity Partners and management consulting firm Contreras-Sweet Companies, spoke at TriNet’s first annual Small Business Week Summit. The virtual event ran from May 2–5 as part of a weeklong celebration that honors the vital role that entrepreneurs and small businesses play in the U.S. economy.
Contreras-Sweet closed out the event with a conversation with TriNet President and CEO, Burton M. Goldfield on “Considerations for Embracing Diversity in Business”.
“Maria is a thoughtful, compassionate and highly-respected leader. She has a unique perspective on all sides of the small business experience—from policy to advising to being in the entrepreneurial trenches,” said Goldfield. “Maria is the quintessential small business advocate. She’s the perfect person to tie together the insights our audience will gather from this event. I look forward to a poignant, engaging discussion.”
The Small Business Week Summit included informational sessions with small business thought leaders and conversations with small business owners. The four-day summit centered around topics related to strengthening small businesses. Focus areas included finance, HR innovation, new ways of working and the ultimate HR know-how.
Prior to founding her current business, Contreras-Sweet served as the 24th administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is a business leader, entrepreneur and investor. She founded ProAmérica Bank, the first Latino-owned commercial bank in California in over 35 years to serve small women and minority-owned firms. Her advocacy roots as a public servant include her role as Secretary of California’s Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, with 42,000 employees—making her the first Latina to hold a state cabinet post in California—as well as working for both the California State Legislature and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She also held several leadership roles for the 7-Up RC Bottling Company.
Contreras-Sweet’s current and previous board experience includes Sempra Energy, Regional Management Corporation, ProAmérica Bank and Blue Cross of California. Her volunteer nonprofit boards include the Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc. and the World Affairs Council. Her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations have earned her international acclaim
TriNet provides small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) with full-service HR solutions tailored by industry. To free SMBs from HR complexities, TriNet offers access to human capital expertise, benefits, risk mitigation and compliance, payroll, all enabled by industry-leading technology capabilities. TriNet’s suite of products also includes services and software-based solutions to help streamline workflows by connecting HR, Benefits, Employee Engagement, Payroll and Time & Attendance. From Main Street to Wall Street, TriNet empowers SMBs to focus on what matters most—growing their business and enabling their people. For more information, visit TriNet.com.
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