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SCORE Philadelphia, SBA Resource and Lending Partners Team Up To Host Free “Meet The Lenders” Event For Local Entrepreneurs

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Advisory Number: 
20150826-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov
Free Event Oct. 5th To Connect Small Businesses with Lenders, Meaningful Business Advice

PHILADELPHIA–  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District will participate in the Philadelphia “Meet the Lenders” Borrower Matchmaking event, hosted by SCORE Philadelphia and other SBA official resource partners, during the 31st Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWeek) celebration in Philadelphia.  The Philadelphia “Meet The Lenders” event occurs Monday, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Hub, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA (across from 30th Street Station). This event is open to the media.

SBA leaders will kick-off the event and SBA staff will work directly with small business owners to connect them with resource partners and lenders in a “one-stop, speed dating” format to spark lending relationships.  SBA’s participation is one of the ways SBA is trying to increase outreach to the underserved small business communities in the Greater Philadelphia Metro Area.  During the event’s “Lender Match,” entrepreneurs have a series of 15-minute “pitch periods” with a variety of lenders in one-on-one meetings. The lenders can schedule more detailed interviews with entrepreneurs whose proposal may be a match with their lending portfolio.

“SBA’s primary mission is to ensure that small business owners have access to the technical assistance and capital they need for their business.  SBA-guaranteed lending continues to be one of the foundations that finances small businesses to start, grow and create new jobs for Americans,” said SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Tony Leta. “We are proud to participate in lender outreach and training opportunities like the Southeastern Pennsylvania ‘Meet the Lenders’ Borrower Matchmaking event.”

SCORE Philadelphia, with Temple University and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Small Business Development Centers as well as the Women’s Business Development Center, encourages entrepreneurs at every stage of business development, from start-up to expanding business, to attend this free event. These organizations will also be available to help potential borrowers.

WHO:       30+ Lenders (Banks, Microlenders, Certified Development Corporations)

WHAT:    Borrower-Lender Matchmaking Event

WHEN:    Monday, October 5th, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Hub, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA (across from 30th Street Station)

REGISTER AT: https://philadelphia.score.org/node/5468494

For additional event information contact:

SCORE Philadelphia #46, 105 N. 22nd Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Office: 215-231-9880  | Email: patricia.thomaslaroche@scorevolunteer.org

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Media may request SBA interviews or photographs through Robert Goza at 610-382-3084 or robert.goza@sba.gov.