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SBA presents “Access to Capital” and “Federal Contracting” at SEPTA MEDWeek event

Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Advisory Number: 
Colette deChalus Lee (610) 382-3077 |

PHILADELPHIAThe U.S. Small Business Administration will present “Access To Capital” and “Federal Contracting” from 8 a.m. to noon at SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). This event will be held in SEPTA’s Board Room, Mezzanine Level, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Businesses may register now at This event is open to the media.

SEPTA’s Procurement, Supply Chain & DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) branch hosts small businesses interested in “Access to Capital” (information on SBA lending programs) and “Federal Contracting” (opportunities to sell goods and services to the federal government). The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world, awarding approximately $500 billion in contracts every year.

WHO:        Businesses interested federal government contracting opportunities and SBA lending programs

WHAT:      Complimentary Event for Small Businesses

WHEN:      Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon

WHERE:   1234 Market St., Mezzanine Level, Board Room, Philadelphia, PA 19107

REGISTRATION: Register now at This event is open to the media.

Businesses will also have the opportunity to hear first-hand how:

  • SBA works with federal agencies to award at least 23 percent of all prime government contract dollars to small businesses and help federal agencies meet specific statutory goals for small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses (WOSB), service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), and small businesses that are located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).
  • SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program provides sole source procurement opportunities assisting eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in developing and growing their businesses through one-on-one counseling, training workshops, matchmaking opportunities with federal buyers, and other management and technical guidance.

SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) at Temple, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Widener University will be available to provide technical assistance and answer questions concerning business plans.  SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center representatives will also be available for counseling. Further, PIDC (Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation), The Enterprise Center, FINANTA and WORC (Women’s Opportunities Resource Center) will be available to speak to potential borrowers.


 To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3084 or

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.