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SBA, stakeholders to meet for fiscal year-end roundtable

U.S. Small Business Administration Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Deputy District Director, María de los Ángeles de Jesús, invited local agency stakeholders — lenders and other resource partners — Wednesday to meet with her on Aug. 28 to discuss matters currently affecting small businesses on the island.

“As we get ready to wrap-up fiscal year 2012, it is of utmost importance for us to listen to the concerns of our participating lenders and resource partners, and together seek ways of expanding the delivery of SBA programs and services,” de Jesús said. “We’re committed to continue serving Puerto Rico’s small business community and fostering the island’s economic development through business start-ups and expansion, and job creation.”

SBA stakeholders in Puerto Rico include participating commercial banks, certified development companies, federal and state government economic development agencies, and resource partners such as small business and technology development centers, SCORE and the Women’s Business Institute.

All of these organizations together helped the SBA inject nearly $85 million into the island’s economy during fiscal year 2011 through the agency’s loan guaranty programs.

The roundtable will begin at 9:30 AM, at the SBA’s Hato Rey headquarters, on 273 Ponce de León Ave., Plaza Scotiabank, Suite 510.

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