Nirav “Nick” Rajpara is an Economic Development Specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA),
Washington D.C. Area Metro Office (WMADO). In this role, he collaborates with local: SBA Resource Partners,
(public and private) economic development organizations, and other stakeholders to develop, bolster and support
informational initiatives which aid and assist small business and entrepreneurs across the national capital region.
In addition, he is the Program Manager for SBA’s T.H.R.I.V.E. (Emerging Leaders Reimagined) initiative, a CEO
academy which guides small business leaders on scaling and growing their business. He is also the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) Project Officer, in his SBA field office. In this capacity he oversees and collaborates
with local SBDC networks in the Washington, DC metro area. Prior to joining the SBA, Nick served as a Small
Business Counselor at the DC-SBDC at Howard University. He holds a Masters Degree in Business
Administration, and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He has a Bachelor of Science
degree from the University of California, Riverside.