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Small Business Financing Event Coming to Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Release Date: 
Friday, January 16, 2015
Larry Weatherford, 405-609-8012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Connecting small businesses with lenders is the focus of a matchmaking event February 4th at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

“It’s like speed dating for small business loans,” is how Dottie Overal, SBA Oklahoma District Director describes the event bringing small businesses and lenders together. “This event gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet several financial institutions in one location to find the right ‘partner’ for their business.”

Local lenders will be available to meet individually with small businesses in need of financing.  In addition, US Small Business Administration staff and small business resource partners will be available to consult with entrepreneurs about lending requirements, loan programs, and business assistance.

The matchmaking event will be February 4th from 8 am to 1 pm at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Corporate Training Building, 12777 N. Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73142.  Advance registration is required at For more information contact Sandra Ransome, SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist, at 405/609-8019 or  There is no charge for this event.

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the states such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000.