In today’s uncertain economic and banking climate, we are all looking for ways to mitigate our credit risk and open new avenues for loan growth. With that in mind, I would like to personally invite you to participate in the premier event offered to small business lenders in this region. As in our previous conferences, we anticipate the active participation of nearly 300 lenders and resource partners at this year’s Quality Circle. This year, we also look forward to enjoying recently renovated facilities and guest accommodations and we know that the food and hospitality will be as inviting and satisfying as past years.
We are excited about this year’s training offerings, and thrilled this year to again include training offered by multiple partners including Starfield & Smith www.starfieldsmith.com , our own WPASGL board members www.wpasgl.org , Hergenroeder, Rega, Ewing & Kennedy www.hrslaw.com , Banc Serv Partners www.banc-serv.com , Reliant Business Valuation www.reliantvalue.com , GCF Valuation www.gvalue.com , Partner Engineering & Science, Inc. www.partneresi.com , Grossman, Yanak & Ford www.gyf.com , and many others.
We are also very excited to be presenting a Friday morning general session this year which will be an Alternative Financing Panel which discuss and detail non-traditional and emerging methods of financing a small business including Crowdfunding, Self Directed Retirement Funding, Factoring , Private Equity, Leasing and Microlending and will be moderated by Carl Knoblock, District Director of SBA’s Western Pennsylvania District Office.
The Resource Fair will provide an opportunity for you to meet many of those service providers who can elevate your lending and banking performance to new levels. The resources will include Certified Development Companies, insurance company representatives, law firms, lender service providers, national SBA lenders, Secondary Market participants and other vendors and resources supporting the SBA and small business lending industry. This year, all conference participants will have the opportunity to kickoff the conference and mingle with these resources in our opening reception on the evening of Weds, March 12th , which will again this year be held in our vendor exhibit area.
Finally, at this year’s event, the WPASGL will again host the now famous lenders’ party in the Matterhorn Lounge with live entertainment on Thursday evening.
Won’t you please join us in the mountains this March? As always, good education, good times and fellowship with the local SBA and small business lending community are the name of the game at Quality Circle!
Chair, Western Pennsylvania Association of SBA-Guaranteed Lenders