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Free Seminars Help Central PA Entrepreneurs Prepare For Central Penn. Lender Match “Speed Dating” Event

SBA, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE Team Up To Help Small Businesses
Release Date: 
Friday, October 3, 2014
Release Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |

HARRISBURG– Free preparation seminars to better educate entrepreneurs on how to apply for a loan and make an effective pitch to lending institutions at the upcoming Central PA Lender Match are being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local area resource partners.  The 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. Seminars and webinars will cover: Access to Capital, Business Plan Pitch, and How to Speed Date a Banker in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, with online webinars through October to prepare entrepreneurs for the “Central PA Lender Match” November 12th.

How to Prepare:

FREE Seminars to help prepare small business owners for Lender Match event.

October 14 1:30 - 3:30 pm Business Plan Pitch (Harrisburg) Register here:

October 16 1:00 - 3:00 pm Preparing a One-Page Business Financing Pitch (Carlisle) Register here:

October 20 7 - 9 pm Are you an Entrepreneur? (Webinar) Register here:

October 23 9 - 11 am How to Speed Date a Banker (York) Register here:

October 28 1:30 - 3:30 pm Business Plan Pitch (Harrisburg) Register here:

Additional information and registration on the Lender Match Event at

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.  SBA encourages entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expanding business, to attend this free event 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.

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.

Participants may REGISTER FOR FREE at:

Pre-Registration for the Central PA Lender Match is required at  For additional information contact Michael Kane, SBA Harrisburg Branch Manager 717-782-3840 or email or Kimberly Stout, SBA Lender Relations Specialist, at: (610) 382-3080 or email sends e-mail)


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