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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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SBA Deputy Adminstration Visits the Wharton SBDC

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On Tuesday, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Deputy Administrator Marie Johns was in Philadelphia for a round table discussion with more than two-dozen small business owners. The discussion was hosted by the Wharton Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Ms. Johns was on hand to listen to entrepreneurs and gather information to strengthen SBA policies that support the small business community.

The small business owners in attendance represented a diverse range of industries -- construction, security, technology, and recycling -- and included veteran, women, and minority-owned businesses.

Ms. Johns spoke of the SBA’s role to be the voice for small business. She also praised the network of Small Business Development Centers, calling them a critical part of the SBA and its mission in delivering services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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U.S. Small Business Administration  Deputy Administrator Marie Johns (right) with Wharton SBDC Director, Therese Flaherty.