State Rep. Vanessa L. Brown to host business owner luncheon July 14

PHILADELPHIA, July 5 – State Rep. Vanessa L. Brown, D-Phila., will host an informational luncheon for local residents who currently own or are looking to start a small business.

The lunch will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, 3509 Spring Garden St.

The luncheon is designed to help local residents navigate state regulations as they expand, start or relocate small business in Pennsylvania. Local business and financial institutions will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice, as well.

"This is a great opportunity for those looking to increase business and those considering, or in the process of, starting a small business," Brown said. "There is a lot of state assistance for current and new businesses, including grants and low-interest loans. Minority businesses can also learn about special state programs that allow minority-run businesses to compete in the state bidding process."

Although the lunch is free, an RSVP is required. Email or call (215) 879-6615.

In addition to the business information, Brown's staff will be available to assist with other state programs, such as CHIP and Medicaid.