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SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office Opens with Great Fanfare

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Small Business Tour, Office Reception, and Ribbon Cutting to Spotlight Agency’s New NEPA Office

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The U.S. Small Business Administration officially opens its new Wilkes-Barre Branch Office on August 23, 2012, with a small business tour, office reception, and ribbon cutting ceremony, the agency announced today. These events are open to the media.

The location of the U.S. SBA’s new Wilkes-Barre Branch Office in Northeastern Pennsylvania makes agency programs and services more accessible to the northern tier of Pennsylvania and better connects the agency with the lending and small business communities that it serves.

WHO:   Dave Dickson, SBA Philadelphia District Director
Robert Maximowicz, SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office Manager
Pennsylvania State Senator John Blake
Pennsylvania State Senator John Yudichak
Susan Herland, Owner, My Mother’s Delicacies
Sean Kelly, Owner, Wilkes-Barre Sonic
Jody McGrail, Owner, Wilkes-Barre Sonic

10:00 a.m.      

My Mother’s Delicacies
302 Cherry Street
Scranton, PA 18505

Tour and media availability. 
A whir of conveyor belts spirit mini pastries and other baked delights through a complete factory of warm ovens
and skilled bakers and on to a host of satisfied customers. This is a successful manufacturing enterprise using SBA assistance to grow.

11:30 a.m.

U.S. SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office
7 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd.
Stegmaier Bldng., Suite 4M Wilkes-Barre, PA

Reception, ribbon cutting ceremony and media availability.
Wilkes-Barre area lenders, economic development leaders, small business owners, political leaders, and media will gather to learn about the agency programs and services now accessible through the U.S. SBA's Wilkes-Barre Brance Office.

1:30 p.m.        

755 Kidder Street  
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Tour and media availability. 
Against the bustling backdrop of
Sonic’s lunchtime crowd, business owners Sean Kelly and Jody McGrail will guide a walk-through tour of their restaurant kitchen and discuss how SBA-funded SBDC assistance and SBA-backed funding has allowed them to create hundreds of high-quality jobs in their Scranton-Wilkes-Barre hometown.

OF NOTE: For one-on-one interviews, contact Jennifer Pilcher (

The SBA’s Wilkes-Barre Branch office serves the following 14 Pennsylvania counties: Pike, Wayne, Susquehanna, Lackawanna, Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Sullivan, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Sullivan, Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming, Clinton, and Potter.