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Free Seminar to Help Lehigh Valley Entrepreneurs Prepare For Lender Match “Speed Dating” Event

SBA, Lehigh Valley Small Business Development Center team up to help small businesses
Release Date: 
Monday, October 6, 2014
Release Number: 
20141006-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

LEHIGH VALLEY– The Lehigh Valley Small Business Development Center and SBA are teaming up to de-mystify the process of borrowing money and help local entrepreneurs learn how obtain financing. A free preparation seminar to better educate entrepreneurs on how to make an effective pitch to lending institutions is being offered on Oct. 15th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Northampton Community College. The seminar will cover how to apply for a loan, preparing a financing request, SBA loan programs and alternative financing options to prepare entrepreneurs for the upcoming “Lehigh Valley Lender Match” Oct. 29th.

How to Prepare for the “Lehigh Valley Meet the Lenders Event”

PARTICIPANTS are invited to a FREE Seminar to help small business owners prepare:

October 15th 1:30-3:00pm at Northampton Community College Register at: http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21573

How To Participate in the “Lehigh Valley Meet the Lenders Event”:

The “Lehigh Valley Lender Match” is a free “one-stop, speed dating” format designed to spark lending relationships Wednesday, October 29th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Best Western Hotel & Conference Center 300 Gateway Drive Bethlehem, PA 18017.

The event will provide entrepreneurs a series of 10 to 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.  SBA encourages entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expanding business, to attend this free event

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

For additional information contact Shannon Degiglio, SBA Lender Relations and Economic Development Specialist at 610-382-3082 or email Shannon.degiglio@sba.gov.

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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