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Minority Entrepreneurs: Learn How Dodd-Frank Opens the Door to Opportunity

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The Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia will hold “Minority Business: New Age of Procurement and Financing Opportunities” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 6th and Arch streets.

The event is designed to inform minority entrepreneurs about sources for new and expanded opportunities for their businesses that were created by the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the financial regulatory reform legislation. The program will focus on new procurement opportunities and highlight financing opportunities through banks, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to network with peers and program speakers at a reception, get information on how the Dodd-Frank Act’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion enhances their procurement opportunities, and learn how to bid for new business. In addition, there will be information on SBA programs and opportunities for financing from CDFIs.


Event: “Minority Business: New Age of Procurement and Financing Opportunities” sponsored by the Entrepreneurs Forum of Greater Philadelphia

When: 5:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

On the Agenda: Reception, 5:30 p.m.; procurement opportunities at the Fed, understanding procurement rules and how to bid, 6:30 p.m.; and a panel discussion: Financing Opportunities for Growing Your Business, 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Speakers: Karen Vaughn and Bernadette Maher, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Jacqueline Hill, MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania; Pam Rich-Wheeler, The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise; Glynis Tart, Verden Interior Design Studio, LLC; Alan Wilson, Susquehanna Bank; and Michael Diemer, Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation

Where: Boehne Auditorium, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, 6th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.

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Sponsors: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Urban League of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, the National Association of Minority Contractors — Philadelphia Chapter, the Minority Supplier Development Council, the Pennsylvania Minority Business Enterprise Center, and the Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

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