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SBA's Montana Head Retires

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 12/27/2010

Michelle Johnson retires after nearly 4 decades in government

The district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Montana recently announced her retirement after spending nearly 40 years in government.

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The Independent Record reports that Michelle Johnson, who began her career in 1974 and started with the SBA in 1987, said that she was calling it quits. Those in the community, including lawmakers, said that her presence would be missed by entrepreneurs throughout the state.

“Small businesses are the heart of Montana’s economy and for the last 23 years, Michelle’s hard work and dedication have played a critical role in supporting countless Montana small business owners. I’d like to thank Michelle for all she’s done on behalf of Montana and congratulate her on her retirement,” said Representative Denny Rehberg.

In her time as head of the state's SBA, Johnson was responsible for more than 2,500 loans totalling more than $330 million.

Other leaders in Montana have called it quits in recent weeks, in the latests news for small business. The Great Falls Tribune reports that Montana Taxpayers Association president Nancy Schlepp retired after serving in the position for 11 years.

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