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SBA Visits Downtown Bethlehem Small Business, Promotes Small Business Saturday

Advisory Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Advisory Number: 
20171117-001
Contact: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

BETHLEHEM, Pa.– The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District visits downtown Bethlehem Tuesday, Nov. 21 to promote and support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. Media are invited.

SBA Eastern Pennsylvania Director Antonio (Tony) Leta and other SBA officials tour Metta Relaxation, a small business that received SBA assistance through Lehigh University’s Small Business Development Center Tuesday, Nov 21, to learn how they are preparing for Small Business Saturday® and the upcoming holiday season.

WHO: Antonio Leta, Director, U.S. Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District

Stephanie Bealer, Owner/Founder, Metta Relaxation

Chris Hudock, Director, The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund

WHAT: SBA promotes Small Business Saturday with tour of downtown Bethlehem small business Metta Relaxation. Media are invited to attend and tour the business for interviews and photos.

WHERE: Metta Relaxation 618 W. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

WHEN:  Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

“Shopping small has a big impact on the U.S. economy. An estimated 88 million consumers ‘Shop Small’ on Small Business Saturday®,” Leta said. “Main street businesses are critical to our nation’s economy and supporting them during Small Business Saturday® is supporting our local community. To continue the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses, join me and the rest of the U.S. Small Business Administration in shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 25.”

Small Business Saturday® is Nov. 25 and is meant to encourage patrons to shop small during the holiday season. Approximately 77% of consumers said Small Business Saturday® inspires them to “Shop Small” throughout the year and not just for the holidays. In addition, 66% of consumers state the main reason they support small businesses is because of their contributions to the community.

Metta Relaxation features five custom float rooms which contains an extra-large, open float tank with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in ten inches of water, heated to 93.5 degrees, a skin-receptor neutral temperature designed to relax clients into losing track of where their body ends and the water begins. Other ways to relax at Metta include reflexology and massage therapy.

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.

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