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SBA Offers Free “Meet the Lenders” Matchmaking Event For Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding

Advisory Date: 
Friday, April 8, 2016
Advisory Number: 
20160408-001
Contact: 
Sonia Smith (610) 382-3085 | sonia.smith@sba.gov

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA– The U.S. Small Business Administration presents their annual Lender-Borrower Matchmaking event 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 26, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa. The event’s “one-stop, speed dating” format sparks lending relationships across the region. SBA encourages entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expansion, to attend this free event. This event is open to the media.

Entrepreneurs can make a series of 10-minute “pitches” to a variety of lenders in one-on-one meetings. The lenders will schedule more detailed interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposals may be a match with their lending portfolio.

Representatives from SBA’s Resource Partner network -  The Women’s Business Development Center, SCORE Chapters located throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, and the Small Business Development Center at Kutztown University have teamed up to support local entrepreneurs attending the event.

WHAT: FREE “Meet the Lenders” Matchmaking Event with 30+ Lenders (Banks, Microlenders, Certified Development Corporations and Alternative Lenders)

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, Independence Ballroom, 1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, PA 19406

REGISTRATION: Online pre-registration is requested at www.kutztownsbdc.org/lendermatch.  Interested participants can also contact Kimberly Stout, SBA Lender Relations Specialist, at 610-382-3080 or email kimberly.stout@sba.gov.

Media may request an interview or photographs through Sonia Smith at 610-382-3080 or sonia.smith@sba.gov.

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.

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