Chatham News

US SBA Administrator Karen Mills to host roundtable discussion for women-owned small businesses at Chatham

By: Janet Heyl, Small Business Administration (
June 20, 2011

(June 20, 2011) … On Tuesday, June 21, U.S. Small Business Administrator (SBA) Karen Mills will host a women-owned small business roundtable titled “Barriers to Growth that Women Business-Owners Face” at Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus.

At 1:00 p.m. area women small business owners, lenders and support staff will have the opportunity to share their entrepreneurial experiences with Administrator Mills.

“This is a unique opportunity for local women to discuss small business barriers and exchange growth ideas with the Administrator,” explained Rebecca Harris, director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus. “We hope to share our success stories with her and ways to, perhaps, increase women’s business growth in the region.”

According to A. John Shoraka, the SBA regional administrator who oversees the Pittsburgh area, utilization of SBA programs is a step that many entrepreneurs, business owners and advocates often overlook.

“Our agency was created to help small business owners start, grow and succeed,” he said. “We offer counseling, access to capital and contracting opportunities to help businesses and always are interested in feedback from our clients.”

Note: If you would like to attend this event or speak in person or via telephone with Administrator Karen Mills or Regional Administrator A. John. Shoraka, please contact Ms. Janet Heyl at 412-395-6560, ext. 103

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