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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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SBDC Lending Forums in April Link Small Businesses with Capital

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In the coming weeks, SBDCs across Pennsylvania will be hosting lending forums to bring together small business owners and financial institutions.  Small and medium-sized businesses looking to expand are encouraged to attend an event in their region to learn about capital products and programs available for their business.  Attendees will be able to meet directly with lenders, learn about available financing programs, and consult with SBDC representatives during these events.  Three forums are scheduled in Latrobe, Kittanning, and Chester in April.  Details including registration information for each event are located below.

Where’s The Money – Kittanning
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hosted by: Clarion University SBDC
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $15

Lenders in attendance include U.S. Small Business Administration, USDA, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Catalyst Connection, The Progress Fund, and Altoona Blair County Development Corporation.

Registration: Click here for more information

Alternative Lending Forum - Latrobe
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hosted by: St. Vincent College SBDC
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $45

Lenders in attendance include Bridgeway Capital, Catalyst Connection, Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland County, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, Innovation Works, The Progress Fund, Regional Development Funding Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Washington Council on Economic Development.

Registration: (724) 537-4572 or

Meet the Lenders – Chester
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hosted by: Widener University SBDC
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No-fee

Lenders in attendance will include representatives from local banks and financing programs.

Registration: click here for more information