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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


Fair will offer networking opportunities and valuable information to small business owners

PHILADELPHIA, August 25, 2011 - The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Business Department is presenting the 2011 Small Business Resource Fair at the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Empowerment Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to spurring economic growth in Philadelphia, will partner with the Free Library in this effort.

The Small Business Resource Fair will connect aspiring entrepreneurs, new start-ups, and ready-to-grow established business owners to a range of services offered by local non-profits and government agencies, in addition to business-to-business service providers. From 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., a special networking event will take place, where small business owners have the opportunity to meet and exchange business cards.

“The Small Business Fair is another example of the amazing resources our Business Department has to offer,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. “We hope to continue our incredible track record of helping entrepreneurs and business owners not only through our print and electronic resources, but through useful in-person networking events like this one.”

Last year some 9,000 entrepreneurs were able to start, grow, or improve their small business because of the Free Library, according to a study by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. With many online databases, a robust collection of top-notch business and computer books, and free seminars and workshops, the Free Library’s Business Department has resources for businesses of all kinds.

For more information on the Small Business Resource Fair, please call 215-686-5394.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


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