Fitzgerald Encourages Small Business Owners to Attend Second Annual Small Business Works Seminar on May 21

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today encouraged small business owners to attend the Second Annual Small Business Works Seminar, which will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Kingsley Association located at 6435 Frankstown Avenue in East Liberty. The event aims to empower and educate small business owners and is hosted by Building Bridges for Business, Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and their impact and importance have been evident in this tight economy,” said Fitzgerald. “Programs like the Small Business Works Seminar strive to eliminate the barriers that small companies face, as well as to empower and educate small business owners so they may take advantage of the opportunities that exist.”

Sue Malone, a nationally renowned expert on small business loans, will discuss a number of topics, including obtaining various types of capital, successfully applying for a loan, and overcoming hidden obstacles. Participants will be shown how to fill out a sample loan package. The event will also feature resources that will offer growth opportunities for attendees.

“The event is about giving financial options to the small businesses of Pittsburgh,” said Malone. “The first thing we have to understand is that financing is still available for small businesses, both start-up and existing businesses. We have all been through the economic downturn and have heard there is ‘no’ money available. I will let you know, there is money available. It just takes a bit more effort to obtain the financing.”

The May 21 event will be the first in a series of Small Business Works seminars held in various Allegheny County communities throughout 2012. Each event will provide access to education and regional business resources.

“We want to bridge the valuable resources in Western Pennsylvania with business owners and residents who want to start a business,” said Building Bridges for Business President Amanda Wodzenski.

Major sponsors of the Kingsley Small Business Works Seminar include Brunnhuber & Associates, Comcast Business Class, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Venture Capital, Staples, and Positively Pittsburgh Live.

For more information and to register for the event, visit World Wide Web Icon Building Bridges for Business.

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Building Bridges for Business was founded in 2010 in conjunction with the Allegheny County Executive’s Office, Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, Duquesne University and Chatham University to provide education and resources to entrepreneurs on business growth, promotion and management, as well as to aid individuals hoping to launch a new business. Since its inception, Building Bridges for Business has hosted three sold-out events featuring prominent keynote speakers, such as Dr. Winslow Sargeant, President Obama’s main adviser from the Small Business Administration. Other events have featured educational resources and key local small business figures. In addition to live events, Building Bridges for Business launched Pittsburgh’s first-ever small business Twitterchat in September 2011 to offer vital resources from small business experts to entrepreneurs via Twitter.