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May 10, 2011 (Santee) --East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), responding to clearly stated needs of the East County business community, has joined with regional banks, financial service intermediaries, and other business resource providers to hold a Small Business Access to Credit Workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Santee City Hall, 10601 North Magnolia Avenue, Santee, CA.


Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has been invited to welcome the attendees and set the tone for the workshop.


Program Overview:
Surveys of over 1,500 East County business conducted from September 2009 to present revealed that small businesses are often confused about new lending rules and regulations. Businesses frequently stated that they are interested in pursuing credit as they emerge from the recession, but need to learn if they qualify for credit and how much. This need – and the desire to have a lending event held in the East County – has led to the May 14th workshop.


Learn about access to credit given recent regulatory reform, what options are available for a business of your size and structure, and find out more about the new opportunities for small businesses.  Businesses can speak with bank representatives, schedule appointments for future one-on-one counseling, and gather information to grow their businesses from other resource providers. 


Participating banks and financial services intermediaries include ACCION San Diego, Bank of America, California Bank and Trust, CDC Small Business Finance, Union Bank, US Bank, and Wells Fargo. Other business resource providers include Small Business Development and Center, SCORE, SDG&E, and others. 


A continental breakfast will be provided.


Cost for the workshop is $12 (before May 7th), $20 (after May 7) or $25 (at-the-door). Area chambers are offering deep discount promotional codes that will reimburse fees after registration is completed. So members should check with their chambers.


Register for the Small Business Lending and Access to Credit Event at

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