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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development

The SBA Partners with the Urban League of Philadelphia

February 14, 2007: The U.S. Small Business Administration partners with the Urban League of Philadelphia to present a series of entrepreneurial workshops targeting individuals who are considering or in the process of starting a small business. Featured workshop presenters include the U.S. Small Business Administration, Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Free Library of Philadelphia, SCORE - Counselors To America’s Small Businesses Consumer Credit Counseling of Delaware Valley and other local organizations.

The workshops will provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the steps involved in starting a business including business basics, developing a business idea, identifying target market(s), writing a business plan, sources of financing, and resources that are available to assist you through the process.

All workshops will be held at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch at 1901 Vine Street at 6:00pm. All workshops are free and open to the public. Join us on:

· March 7 - Starting a Small Business & The Importance of Good Credit

· March 14 - Business Feasibility & Determining Your Market

· March 21 - The Business Plan

· March 28 - Access to Capital

· April 4 - Technical Assistance for Small Businesses

To register email: (include your name, telephone number, and mailing address).or call at (215) 561-6070.

As part of its vision, the Urban League of Philadelphia employs a three-part strategy of economic advancement, educational achievement and engagement to empower all people in the Philadelphia region to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. “Small business ownership is but one way of achieving these objectives and we are pleased to be able to bring these workshops to the community,” said Regine Metellus, CFO and Vice President of Operations for the Urban League.

"I encourage all aspiring entrepreneurs to come to these workshops because the knowledge you’ll gain is invaluable.” says David C. Dickson, Director of the SBA's Philadelphia District Office, “Take advantage of this opportunity to meet industry experts and learn about the programs and services available to assist future entrepreneurs."

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For more information about The Free Library of Philadelphia’s programs for small businesses, visit .



Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850