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SBA Helps Lehigh Valley Entrepreneurs Become ‘Business Smart’

Advisory Date: 
Friday, March 25, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Shannon Degiglio (610) 382-3082│

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA The U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office offers Lehigh Valley communities a free, half-day business education workshop called “Business Smart.”  The workshop, held by the Nazareth-Bath Regional Chamber of Commerce, will lay the ground work for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea. Shannon Degiglio, SBA Lender Relations & Economic Development Specialist; Nicole Leuthe, VP, Lafayette Ambassador Bank; and representatives from SCORE Lehigh Valley lead the program. The free event is Wednesday, April 20, from 9 noon at Nazareth Center for the Arts.

“SBA is committed to making our communities economically stronger,” said Antonio (Tony) Leta, Director of SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania District. “We are hosting a ‘Business Smart’ workshop to proactively educate and empower Lehigh Valley businesses about how to turn their idea into reality.”

WHAT: FREE “Business Smart” workshop for new and aspiring entrepreneurs in Northampton County and surrounding communities. Participants will learn the basics of business startup, the essentials of becoming credit-ready, and how and where to find additional small business support and education resources in their local community.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Nazareth Center for the Arts, 30 E. Belvidere St. Nazareth, PA 18064

REGISTRATION:  To ensure a seat and adequate materials, online pre-registration is requested at

Interested participants can also contact Shannon Degiglio at or 610-382-3082 for additional information. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed through loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA also helps people recover from disasters and rebuild their lives by providing affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses.