11 Leaders to Watch in 2011

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Mary Landrieu U.S. senator (D-La.), chair of Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

As chair of the Senate’s influential Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Louisiana Democrat plays a major role in promoting, investigating, and resolving the myriad issues challenging today’s small-business owners. A longtime believer in the critical role of small business to a healthy economy, Landrieu is trying to extend the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research grant program for eight more years. The shaky economy and grim job market will only intensify the spotlight on Landrieu. Up next: determining just how effective the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act has been in creating—or saving—yes, jobs.