McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship Seminar to boost small businesses in the district

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a seminar to provide tools for local business owners and for people aspiring to open their own small business.


About 10 federal, state and local government agencies offered assistance to nearly 100 entrepreneurs who attended the event held on Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church.


Attendees learned about the basic steps to establish a business and the available financial opportunities to help them start or expand operations. They also learned how to promote a brand effectively in all forms of media.


“Small businesses are fundamental in our district. They contribute significantly to our economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our neighbors. If small businesses prosper we all win,” McClinton said.


Local entrepreneurs shared their stories looking to provide motivation to those who have business ideas and desires to make them happen.


“Having local entrepreneurs sharing their stories is a way to ignite a spark of inspiration on those who have business ideas, but for some reason are scared or not motivated to take the first step,” she said.


The agencies who provided advice to attendees are The Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce's Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Southwest Community Development Corporation, Citizens Bank, African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. and local entrepreneurs.


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