Mayor Gray Addresses Lancaster SCORE
March 17, 2009 Lancaster, PA
Mayor Richard Gray spoke to SCORE members recently about the ‘state of the city’ and the challenges he faces in financing the services provided to citizens throughout the county.
Mayor Gray also discussed the rennaisance that is occurring in downtown Lancaster and he stressed the importance of small business to the Lancaster economy.
Importantly, Mayor Gray endorsed SCORE’s new micro-loan partnership with the city, urging SCORE counselors to find and qualify more candidates for these city-issued business loans. The Lancaster micro-loan program works this way:
* Loans from the city of Lancaster are for up to $10,000 for businesses in the city
* Candidate loan recipients agree to work with SCORE to complete business education workshops and to write a business plan
* Candidate business plans are reviewed by a panel of SCORE experts and revised as necessary and until ready for presentation to the city – sort of a “seal of approval”
* Following city approval the loan, the recipient agrees to work with SCORE for at least two years to help assure the success of the venture.
For more information about the micro-loan program, or about other SCORE services and resources for small business contact SCORE on the Web at www.scorelancaster.org or call us at 717-397-3092 or visit SCORE offices at Liberty Place, 313 West Liberty, Suite 231,Lancaster on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.