Rep. Brown's business breakfast draws local entrepreneurs

PHILADELPHIA, May 17 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., recently hosted an informal breakfast for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business.

The breakfast was held on May 12 at the New Africa Center.

The morning's speaker was Sarah Steltz from Drexel University. She covered a wide spectrum of information from startup needs to ways to expand your current business through and with Drexel. Steltz went into detail discussing the vendor process and procurement opportunities at Drexel. In addition, she shared vital details on employment opportunities, partnership workshops, possible financial sources and organizations assisting in the development of business plans.  

Brown has been hosting a series of these breakfasts, designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate a small business in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the guest speaker, local business and financial institutions were available to answer questions and offer advice as well. More than 50 business owners made connections on how to build, improve and sustain their businesses.

"This series of business breakfasts offer great opportunities for those looking to increase business and those considering, or in the process of, starting a small business," Brown said. "I am happy to provide information on available state assistance for current and new businesses, including grants and low-interest loans, as well as to inform minority businesses about special state programs that allow minority-run businesses to compete in the state bidding process."

Brown's next scheduled business breakfast is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships at Drexel University, 3509 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, 19104.