Monday, September 20, 2021
The Office of Senator Todd Young
Dirksen Senate Office Building #185
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Young,
We, the undersigned Hoosier leaders and organizations, are writing to ask you to allow for a vote on the nomination of Dilawar Syed as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration. As leaders representing a cross-section of Indiana’s business, civic, and multi-faith sectors, we come together to express how important it is that Mr. Syed’s nomination be treated fairly and moved through the process to which he is entitled as an American.
We respectfully urge you to help establish a quorum in the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship so that a vote can take place and his nomination can advance to the full Senate floor.
Mr. Syed is eminently qualified to assume this particular role. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of business experience alongside a history of public service, from founding chair of the California Entrepreneurship Task Force where he drove economic growth in rural areas, to his recent responsibilities on the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable helping the region bounce back from COVID. During the Obama Administration, Mr. Syed served on the White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and chaired the White House Initiative on AAPIs Economic Growth Committee to help small businesses recover after the 2008 financial crisis in under-served regions across the country. In these roles, Mr. Syed engaged with small businesses across the U.S. after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. He has also served as a liaison with the Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce on federal initiatives such as the President’s Export Council.
In addition to the impressive list of qualifications and experiences, Mr. Syed has also been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Administration partners, over three dozen business organizations, over 120 national and local multi-faith, community, and civil rights organizations and leaders across the country.
As you know, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a hearing on Mr. Syed’s nomination in April, and he received bipartisan support in a voice vote in June. We feel it’s time to allow Mr. Syed’s nomination to move forward with a confirmation vote so he can get to work for American entrepreneurs, innovators, and small business owners. With COVID-19 surging again and natural disasters wreaking havoc on our communities, vulnerable small businesses need SBA’s help, and the SBA will benefit from Mr. Syed’s leadership.
Finally, Mr. Syed’s nomination is a matter of pride – not only for American Muslims, but for all those who believe that anyone, no matter their background, origin, or religion, can achieve the American dream and give back through service to our country. As Hoosiers, we pride ourselves in supporting small businesses, championing religious freedom, and showcasing how religious, ethnic, and cultural pluralism strengthens our democracy. Mr. Syed’s confirmation as Deputy Administrator of the SBA would exemplify all three of these Hoosier values.
Thank you, Senator Young, for your thoughtful consideration.
Hoosier clergy, business owners, civic, and multi-faith leaders/organizations wishing to join this letter can by filling out this form!
As of 3:00pm, Monday, September 20, 2021, the following Hoosier signatories are in support of moving forward the nomination of Mr. Dilawar Syed as Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration:
Faith, Community, Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses
Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Funeral Home
ADL Midwest, David Goldenberg, ADL Midwest Regional Director
AF-AM Consulting Incorporated
Art Strategies LLC, Mindy Taylor Ross, Owner
Athena Consultants LLC
Calderon Textiles, Azher Khan, Chairman
C García Associates, Charles Garcia, President
Eloquence Language Services LLC, Karen Friedman, President/Owner
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
Faith in Indiana, Shoshanna Spector, Executive Director
GasStation.org, Om Narla, Chairman
Greater Indianapolis Multifaith Alliance, Aaron Welcher and Alex Slabosky, Board Members
Hawkins Famous Fish & More, Shelton Hawkins, Owner
Hillel at Butler University
Indiana Multifaith Network, Reverend Jerry Zehr
Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network, Hiba Alami, Executive Director
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Brett Krichiver
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director
Indianapolis Muslim Community Association, Eyas Raddad, President
Indy Tax Service LLC, Mehnaz Qureshi, Owner
Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (ISGL)
Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne, Jaki Schreier, Executive Director
Kamegga Inc., Edgar Sarratt Jr., President
Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Fatima Hussain, Board President
Muslim Community Center, Hydre Abdullah
New Era Church
Niagara Foundation, Cenk Kandemir, Executive Director
North Christian Church, Pastor Tonja Gerardy
NSServices, Nadeem Siddiki, President
Om Narla, Om Narla, Manager
Qualcomp preferred medical consultants, Wael Bakdash, President
Robert Goodman Jewelers LLC, Bob Goodman, Owner
SC Supply Company, LLC
dba Barbara Eden, Barbara Eden, Owner & Principal Designer
Temple Beth-El, South Bend, Rabbi Karen Companez
United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, John Pinter, Executive Director
Steven Carr, Professor of Communication, Purdue University Fort Wayne
Abdesslam Chabih, EC-Facilities Mgmt, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (ISGL),
Rabbi Meir Bargeron
Elizabeth Brandt, Director of Community for Contemplation and Justice, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Sohail Sadiq, EC-Fund Raising, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (ISGL),
Rabbi Suzanne Griffel, Sinai Temple of Michigan City
Annette Gross, Jewish Community Member
Reverend Dr. Richard Hamm, Retired General Minister & President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) U.S. & Canada
Wasima Hassan, Trustee, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (ISGL)
Rabbi Justin Kerber, Congregation Beth Shalom, Indianapolis
Zaim Khalid, EC-General Coordinator, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (ISGL),
Rosalie Levinson, Chair, JCRC NW Indiana
Ahmad Saltagi, Physician, Indiana Internal Medicine
Rabbi Lew Weiss