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Free Meet The Lenders “Speed Dating Event” Helps Central Penn. Entrepreneurs Find Financing, Business Resources

Free-of-Charge Event Connects Entrepreneurs with Small Business Lenders and Advisors
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Release Number: 
20141029-001
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

HARRISBURG –  The U.S. Small Business Administration, Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund, SCORE Chapters in Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, and Small Business Development Centers at Kutztown University and Shippensburg University are teaming up to de-mystify the process of borrowing money and help local entrepreneurs learn how obtain financing on Wednesday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Dixon University Center, Administration Building, 2986 N 2nd Street, Harrisburg, Penn.

The “Central PA Lender Match” is a “one-stop, speed dating” format designed to spark lending relationships by providing entrepreneurs a series of 10-15-minute “pitch periods” with a variety of lenders in one-on-one meetings. Participating lending institutions include banks, credit unions, economic development corporations, and community lenders.  The lenders can schedule more detailed interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposal may be a match with their lending portfolio.

“This is a great opportunity for Central Pennsylvania entrepreneurs to meet with a variety of potential lenders and to discover ways to gain access to the technical assistance with SBA and our resource partners that they might need to become ready for a business loan at a one-stop event,” said Acting SBA Philadelphia District Director Mark Quinn.

“At SBA, our mission is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed. I encourage Central Pennsylvanian entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expanding business, to attend this free event,” said SBA’s Harrisburg Branch Manager Michael Kane, who is responsible for marketing, education and outreach of SBA programs and services across the greater capital region.

Representatives from the SBA and SBA’s Resource Partner network – SCORE, Women’s Business Centers, and Small Business Development Centers – will also be available to help advise potential borrowers.

How To Participate in the “Central PA Meet the Lenders Event”: ENTREPRENEURS may REGISTER FOR FREE at: http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21367

Pre-Registration for the Central PA Lender Match is required at www.kutztownsbdc.org/lendermatch. For additional information contact Michael Kane, SBA Harrisburg Branch Manager 717-782-3840 or email michael.kane@sba.gov or Kimberly Stout, SBA Lender Relations Specialist, at: (610) 382-3080 or email kimberly.stout@sba.gov.(link sends e-mail)

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These events are open to the media. Media may request an interview or photographs through Robert Goza at 610-382-3084 or robert.goza@sba.gov