On February 12, Temple University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted a Town Hall with small business owners to discuss economic recovery efforts for business impacted during COVID-19. The Town Hall also honored Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-3) with the Pennsylvania SBDC Legislative Small Business Champion Award for his advocacy for small business owners through his support of numerous funding programs targeting small businesses, his continued support of the PASBDC, and for his recognizable work on the House Small Business Committee.
“Congressman Dwight Evans is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurs not only in his district but for all entrepreneurs across the country through his service. His support for entrepreneurial development programs such as the national SBDC program is greatly appreciated. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated public servant advocating every day to help make the entrepreneurial dream a reality for so many,” said Ernie Post, State Director.
Congressman Evans serves on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access and the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations as part of the Committee on Small Business. One of the first bills Evans introduced as a Member of Congress was The Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2017, H.R. 1702. If enacted, this bill would aim to bolster the SBDC program nationwide. H.R. 1702 passed the House in May 2018.
The Temple Town Hall discussed cases of small business clients who filed for the PPP in the first and second round with their corresponding lenders within the 3rd congressional district overseen by Congressman Evans. It gave clients and their stakeholders the ability to speak directly on their experience of the PPP process, the pros and cons, and the effect the pandemic had on the small business community within the 3rd Congressional District.
Maura Shenker, Temple SBDC Director, echoed, “What I admire most about Congressman Evans’ leadership is his commitment to listen to the concerns of the small business owners, then take that knowledge back to D.C. and act on it. He works hard to give a voice to the people who traditionally haven’t been heard by policymakers.”
About the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) supports Pennsylvania’s economic development by providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with individual consultations, comprehensive education, and information necessary to help their businesses start, grow, and prosper. SBDCs deliver consulting services and educational programs through a network of 16 locations across Pennsylvania SBDC. Consultants work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions to help them with issues, including new business development, shaping a business plan, investigating funding opportunities, and much more. SBDCs also address concerns about navigating and recovering during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional services include helping with disaster loan applications, long-term planning, economic loss estimations, and business preparedness. For more information on the Pennsylvania SBDC services and impact, please visit www.pasbdc.org.