Join U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Guzman to learn more about eligibility, applications, and priority access to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Applications will soon be accepted for RRF grants, which will distribute $28.6 billion to restaurants sustaining losses during COVID-19.  Economically and socially disadvantaged owned small businesses – including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Subcontinent Asian Americans – are among the groups with priority access to grants in the first 21 days.

This webinar is co-hosted by the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) and the National Restaurant Association.

The Mission of MFHA is to bring the economic benefits of diversity and inclusion to the food and hospitality industry by building bridges and delivering solutions. MFHA commits to delivering more connections and opportunities to build its Members’ Cultural Intelligence to effectively engage multicultural employees, customers, and communities.



  • The Honorable Isabella Guzman, Administrator of the SBA
  • Gerry Fernandez, President and Founder of MFHA
  • Patrick Kelley, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, SBA



Isabella Casillas Guzman
Small Business Administration

Isabella Casillas Guzmanserves as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was sworn in on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Administrator Guzman represents the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient.

Gerry Fernandez
President and Founder
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)

As President and Founder of MFHA - an educational non-profit organization that makes the business case for developing cultural intelligence in the workplace- Gerry has spent decades educating and advocating for the business benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion in the foodservice & hospitality industry. An engagingly energetic Speaker who practices “straight talk”, he travels across the US and internationally, bringing authentic perspective on building Cultural Intelligence that raises the topline, improves the bottom-line, and builds brands’ cultural authenticity. Gerry was named to Nation’s Restaurant News 2018 Power List of the 50 Most Influential People in Foodservice, “the definitive list of industry leaders who are not only setting trends today, but also shaping them for tomorrow.”

Patrick Kelley
Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access