FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike O'Brien
O'Brien to hold community meeting on small-business development May 12
PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – State Rep. Mike O'Brien, D-Phila., is holding a community meeting on small-business development for residents of his legislative district from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St.
O'Brien has organized a roundtable of business specialists to offer people information on developing a small business. Those scheduled to participate include Eustace Kangaju of the Temple Small Business Development Center; Wilfred H. Muskens, deputy secretary for international business development, and /or Pete O’Neill from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, who will speak about the export assistance programs for small businesses; Salvatore Patti from the Business Lending Department at PNC Bank; Curtis Gregory from the Philadelphia City Department of Commerce Office of Business Services; and a representative from the Wharton Small Business Development Center.
O'Brien said there will be a brief time for questions as well as an opportunity to visit the different agencies and gather information. Copies of the Entrepreneur’s Guide for Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania also will be available.
This is O'Brien's second in a series of Conversation with the Community meetings he is holding with residents of his legislative district. The first meeting was held April 7 and covered programs and services available to Philadelphians, including health care, utility and weatherization, consumer credit, housing and budget counseling and transportation.
More information about the May 12 meeting is available by calling O'Brien's office at 215-503-3245. His office is located at 610 N. Second St.