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SBA Teams Up with Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to Offer Free ‘Business SMART Toolkit’ Entrepreneurial Training Workshop

Release Date: 
Friday, September 2, 2016
Release Number: 
Shannon Degiglio (610) 382-3082 |

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA– The U.S. Small Business Administration is teaming up with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center to host monthly training sessions on creating a successful start-up business. The workshops will cover various business topics including business plan writing, setting up a legal structure, finding funding, and how to connect with valuable resources.   

WHO: Representatives from SBA, Lehigh Valley SCORE, Lehigh Small Business Development Center, Community First Fund, Fulton Bank, & QNB Bank

WHAT: Business SMART Toolkit Entrepreneurial Training Workshop

WHEN: September 28, 2 p.m to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 522 W. Maple St. Allentown, PA 18101


The Business SMART Toolkit is a workshop developed by the National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders and SBA. The workshop lays the groundwork for helping new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business idea that is also credit ready. Participants move through three modules: “Ready, Set, & Go,” where they learn the basics of business start-up, becoming credit ready and lending options, and accessing local resources.

This monthly course is open to the public and is instructed by SBA employees and partners who are skilled business advisors (see registration link for other dates.) Upon completion, participants will have the tools and knowledge needed to launch their own businesses.

For more information and to register, participants should visit Direct all questions to Shannon Degiglio, SBA Veteran Business Development Officer, 610-382-3082.


To request interviews or photos, contact Shannon Degiglio, in the SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3082 or


All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Shannon Degiglio, 610-382-3082.