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Cultivating Female Owned Businesses

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Feb 13, 2017 8:00 PM


On WITF's Smart Talk - Tuesday, February 13th 2017:

In 2016, the US Small Business Administration estimated there were about 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania -  about 98% of businesses in the state.  More than 52,000 of those businesses are in Lancaster County - the most outside of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions.

According to a 2015 report by, more than a quarter of those Lancaster businesses are owned by women making Lancaster the 10th best city in the country for female entrepreneurs.

WITF's Smart Talk will discuss cultivating and promoting women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship in Lancaster and Central PA.  Joining Smart Talk in studio are Melisa Baez, Director of Women's Business Center and Yessenia Blanco, Microloan Program Coordinator - both with ASSETS, a Lancaster based business development organization and Patricia Robinson, owner and CEO of EVOLVE Training and Development, an organization that supports aspiring entrepreneurs.

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