SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office Opens|SBA Administrator Visits Growing Clarks Summit Business|SBA Deputy Administrator Visits Growing North Philadelphia Business

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September 12, 2012

The SBA Keystone

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Philadelphia District Office

SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office Opens with Great Fanfare

Ribbon cutting ceremony
Robert Maximowicz, SBA Wilkes-Barre Branch Office Manager, cuts the ceremonial ribbon and formally opens the office for business.
The U.S. Small Business Administration officially opened its new Wilkes-Barre Branch Office on August 23, 2012 with a small business tour, office reception, and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The location of the U.S. SBA’s new Wilkes-Barre Branch Office in Northeastern Pennsylvania makes agency programs and services more accessible to the northern tier of Pennsylvania and better connects the agency with the lending and small business communities that it serves.

SBA Administrator Mills Tours Clarks Summit, Penn. Small Business that’s Growing, Creating Jobs

Administrator Mills
Dr. Nichole Danova shows SBA Administrator Mills her Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center.
On August 8, U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills toured Clarks Summit’s Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center, a local small business that’s rapidly expanding. Mills highlighted how local small businesses, like the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center, can benefit from SBA and Administration programs so they can grow and create jobs throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Two years ago, the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center received an SBA Recovery Act loan to open the only state-of-the art veterinary tertiary care and hospital facility on the Scranton side of the Wyoming Valley.  Today, the Center employs 54 and has seen nearly 12,000 new patients.  The Center specializes in internal medicine, surgery, critical care, cardiology, and emergency veterinary medicine.

SBA Deputy Administrator Johns Tour North Philadelphia Small Business Penta Ink with Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Penta Ink
SBA Deputy Adminsitrator Marie Johns (left) tours Philadelphia's Penta Ink with its owner, Diego Vivas.
On August 22, SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns toured Penta Ink, Inc., a growing Hispanic-owned small business in North Philadelphia. Against the hum of Penta's printing presses, Deputy Adm. Johns highlighted how an SBA-backed microloan investment in Penta Ink has grown the business and positively impacted the local economy.   Thanks to that investment, Penta was able to relocate to a facility that could better accomodate its growing business.  That move allowed Penta Ink to increase its employee roster by 50 percent, and the firm is on pace to double its pre-move number of employees in the Fall. 


October 2, 2012

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day Event 

Eastern Pennsylvania event location and time to be released.   This event introduces existing and future age 50+ entrepreneurs to business-building resources.


* All listed classes are free of charge and are held at SBA Philadelphia District Office, Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Avenue, Suite 1001, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Every Wednesday  

10:00 a.m.

Access to Capital: Presentation on SBA Programs and Services

Second Thursday of Each Month   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doing Business with the Federal Government

Fourth Thursday of Each Month   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Federal Government Contracting Certifications