SBA Regional Administrator Celebrates Women's History Month In York At Goddard School Groundbreaking

Mar 22, 2013, 15:10 ET from U.S. Small Business Administration

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YORK, Pa., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Small Business Administration Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho celebrated Women's History Month by attending the groundbreaking ceremony for a Goddard School in York, Pennsylvania on Thursday, March 14.


"At SBA, celebrating Women's History Month includes reflecting on the important role women business owners play in our economy and why support for women-owned small business ownership is so important here in the Mid-Atlantic region. In fact, women-owned businesses like the Patel's Goddard school here in York represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy," Olson-Urtecho said.

At the site of the future Goddard School, Olson-Urtecho highlighted how local women-owned small businesses like Leena Patel's Goddard School – who leveraged SBA lending program assistance for the construction financing, permanent mortgage and working capital through SBA lending partner TD Bank – may be able to benefit from SBA programs.

"For small businesses looking for a way to finance growth, an SBA loan may be able to help. While SBA doesn't make loans directly, it guarantees a percentage of each loan made by lenders who partner with SBA," said John Banks, Lead Business Development Specialist for SBA's Philadelphia District Office. "SBA's guarantee reduces the risk, which means SBA lending partners are more likely to help small businesses obtain a loan to help them start and grow the business."

"SBA knows that business ownership is one path for women to find greater economic independence. According to the National Women's Business Council, women-owned firms grew 44% from 1997 to 2007, twice as fast as male-owned firms. There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the US and 88% of these are small businesses," said Olson-Urtecho.

According to owner Leena Patel, Goddard Schools use the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life, learning with talented teachers who collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

"I cannot thank enough the SBA loan program, without whose support my dreams of being an entrepreneur would have never been fulfilled. I am proud to be opening a Goddard School in our neighborhood. While our School is under construction, I am committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the children in our community," Patel said.

"Our local SBA lending team was able to help Leena Patel realize her dream, and we're proud to be her financial partner," said Rich Bradshaw, Head of SBA Lending, TD Bank. "At TD Bank we're committed to providing entrepreneurs like Leena with legendary service, unparalleled convenience and a wide range of financial products to help them build businesses."

SBA's district offices serve every state and territory in the United States and SBA works with its local resource partners – SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, and Women's Business Centers – to provide technical business counseling to entrepreneurs at every stage of small business development. Assistance is available on a broad spectrum of business-related topics, including: writing a formal business plan, locating sources of financial assistance, managing and expanding a business, government contracting, exporting, and disaster recovery. Visit for more information.

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