Pennsylvania First Lady: Resiliency of Small Business Community

Pennsylvania First Lady: Resiliency of Small Business Community

First Lady Frances Wolf Discusses Resiliency of PA Small Business Community and Highlights Resources for Support

Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) First Lady Frances Wolf in a virtual conversation hosted on Facebook highlighted supports that exist for Pennsylvania’s small businesses, actions the administration has taken to support them, and small businesses that have gotten creative to keep their business moving and their employees and communities safe during COVID-19.  This was the fourth conversation in a series titled, “The Bigger Picture”, an extension of One Lens:  Sharing Our Common Views that hones in on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting this extraordinary moment to the broader community.

The full conversation can be found on the One Lens Facebook page.

“Pennsylvanians are, by nature, a creative and resilient people with a history of innovation and forward thinking, and that includes our small business community,” said First Lady Wolf.  “These businesses are the life blood of our great commonwealth.  They help sustain our communities in so many ways – financially, socially, physically, emotionally – and they are responsible, in part, for creating the culture of Pennsylvania.  For this, we must thank them and do everything that we can to ensure they have what they need to continue moving Pennsylvania forward.”

Conversation panelists included:

  • Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary of Business Finance at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development;
  • Marcia McGavisk, Director of Capital Acquisition for the PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) at Kutztown University;
  • Shannon Maldonado, Founder and Creative Director of YOWIE and One Lens Southeast Regional Ambassador;
  • Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz, Owner of Mi Casa Su Casa Café and Reading Councilwoman;
  • Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO of Community First Fund; and
  • Heather Clark, Owner of Go Fish!

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