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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

U.S. Small Business Development Specialist set to speak at Self-Published Symposium at Hofstra University

Hempstead, Long Island - U.S. Small Business Development Specialist set to speak at Self-Published Symposium at Hofstra University

U.S. Small Business Development Specialist set to speak at Self-Published Symposium at Hofsta University October 22, 2005. Barbara Whiting is a Business Development Specialist in the Marketing area for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Melville, Long Island. She has worked for the SBA for a number of years, primarily in the Finance area, where she has reviewed and approved commercial loans up to $1 million.

In her Marketing capacity, she creates organized events, participates in trade shows and small business seminars, in Nassau and Suffolk counties, in an effort to inform the business community of the SBA's ability to help businesses to start, to grow and to expand. As Long Island's Woman Business Owner Representative, she communicates with several entrepreneurs daily on what SBA has to offer and refers them for business counseling.

Before her current position at the SBA, she worked as a Loan Workout Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She also attained the positions of Commercial Loan Officer and Credit Analyst for New York City banks.

Ms. Whiting is a frequent speaker and panelist on forums involving SBA guaranteed loan products and services.

The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success agenda for Self-Published Authors at upcoming Symposium includes a variety of great speakers have been selected to speak to self-published authors at the upcoming Self-Published Symposium.

Participants will be able to Learn from the experts at The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success!, Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Hofstra University.

Participants will learn Valuable skills and trends driving the industry.

Participants will network With peers from all over.

Participants will be taught how to grow their business by applying proven strategies learned at the symposium.

Keynote Speaker: Takesha D. Powell, Author of The African-American Guide to Successful Self-Publishing.

Self-Published author of Tender Headed: Poems for Nappy Thoughts I Left Uncombed and The Goode Sisters.

Former Managing Editor at Black Elegance and Belle magazines and former Editor-In-Chief of Jive/Intimacy magazines. Previous Senior Writer for Urban Soul and City and Suburban Styles magazines.

Hear Ms. Powell deliver compelling insight into what it takes to be successful in navigating this explosive marketplace.

Access to Capital & Smart Money Management

Conducted by Barbara Whiting, Business Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration & James Nemley, Director of Small Business Services at Community Development Corporation.

Who better to educate business owners about money, than the experts from the Small Business Administration? You won’t want to miss this informative session.

Public Relations on a Shoe String Budget

Conducted by Phil Andrews of P.A. Public Relations Co. who is listed in Who’s Who in Black America and International Who’s Who. He is also featured in a book published by, Mr. Robert H. Adams entitled, 15 years of Minority Business Development.

Currently, he is the Public Relations Director for Cbbooksdistribution.com, Awarenessmagazine.net, SGIB Magazine.com, Hempstead Horn Newspaper, African Atlantic Genealogical Association,100 Black Men of Long Island and Chairman of the United Black Men of Queens Public Relations Committee.

Find out what it takes to benefit from top notch Public Relations on a small budget.

Promotions & Marketing Strategies for Success!

Conducted by Julia Shaw who has been a part of the literary arena for over ten years, involved in various roles relating to the sales, marketing, and publicity of African American books and authors.

Formally a sales representative for a black owned educational and school supply store, Shaw was instrumental in the sales of African American children’s books in the New York City Board of Education, as well as public libraries and school systems across the country.

Shaw was also the former Director of Sales & Marketing for Lushena Books’ New York office.

Currently a literary consultant, prepare to benefit from Shaw’s marketing and promotion expertise.

The Etiquette of Editing

Conducted by Chandra Sparks Taylor, the owner of Taylor Editorial Service, which specializes in line editing, copyediting, and proofreading manuscripts by both aspiring and established authors.

Clients include bestselling authors E. Lynn Harris, Michael Baisden, Travis Hunter, Gloria Mallette, Nancey Flowers and K. Elliott. In addition to working for Kensington Publishing, Chandra has also work with Random House, BET Books, and Hyperion.

She served as an editor for Brides Noir; a copy editor for Good Housekeeping magazine, Newsday and The Morning Call; and as a reviewer for Romantic Times magazine and QBR.

Professional editing strategies from a professional and well noted editor, who knows the market.



8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome Address

9:15 am – 9:30 am Sponsor/Keynote Introduction

9:30 am - 10:30 am Keynote Address – Vickie Stringer, Author/Owner, Triple Crown Publications

10:30 am - 10:45 am Break

10:45 am -12:00 pm Workshops (Marketing, PR, Editing, Money & Finance)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Luncheon

1:00 pm -2:15 pm Workshops (Marketing, PR, Editing, Money & Finance)

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Keynote Address – Takesha D. Powell, Author The African-American Writer’s Guide to Successful Self-Publishing

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Panel Discussion

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Reception

Space is limited, visit www.aspicomm.com/events.html and register today!

Or click here to download and complete your registration form. www.aspicomm.com/register.doc. For email inquiries email Renee Flagler at rflagler@aspicomm.com. For telephone inquiries, please contact Caroline Rogers at 718-380-9555.

Company: Aspicomm Media
Contact Name: Renee Flagler
Contact Email: rflagler@aspicomm.com
Contact Phone: 7183809555


  • At 4:52 AM, Blogger EQ said…

    The U.S. Government is the nation's largest provider of financial assistance to women & minority owned small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Congressionally mandated to assist the nation’s small businesses in meeting their financing needs. The SBA has small business loan programs and services to meet most small business needs. More information on U.S. Government Small Business Loans can be found at **www.SBASmallBusinessLoans.com**

    How do Government SBA Small Business Loans work?

    When a small business owner applies to a lending institution for a business loan, the lender reviews the application and decides if it merits a busiuness loan or if it requires an SBA guaranty. SBA backing on the business loan is then requested by the lender. In guaranteeing the business loan, the SBA assures the lender that, in the event the borrower does not repay the loan, the government will reimburse the lender for its loss. By providing this guaranty, the Small Business Administration helps tens of thousands of small business owners get financing they would not otherwise obtain.

    How much money can I borrow?

    Here are a few examples of what you can get from SBA small business loans programs:

    7(a) Loan Guaranty Program

    The 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program is the SBA's primary small business loan program. A maximum loan amount of $2 million has been established for 7(a) business loans.

    Low Documentation Loan (SBALowDoc)

    SBALowDoc is the SBA’s quick and easy program that provides a guaranty on small business loans of $150,000 or less. Once you have met your lender’s requirements for credit, the lender may request an SBALowDoc guaranty for up to 85 percent of the loan amount. You complete the front of a one-page SBA application, and the lender completes the back. At SBALowDoc centers, the agency processes completed applications within 36 hours.


    This method makes it easier and faster for lenders to provide small business loans of $250,000 or less. The SBA provides a rapid response through its PLP processing center in Sacramento, Calif.— within 36 hours of receiving the complete application package. Lenders use their own procedures to approve and service the loans.


    The CommunityExpress pilot program is designed to spur economic development and job creation in untapped rural and inner city communities by providing loans and technical assistance. Loan proceeds may be used for most business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or real-estate acquisitions.
    To be eligible for CommunityExpress, current or prospective small businesses must be located in low- and moderate-income urban and rural areas.

    While CommunityExpress is similar to SBAExpress, here are some differences:

    • CommunityExpress focuses on predesignated geographic areas that primarily low- and moderate-income urban and rural areas.

    • The maximum loan amount under CommunityExpress is $250,000.

    • CommunityExpress lenders, together with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, provide hands-on technical training and support, both before and after loan closings, through community-based, nonprofit NCRC member organizations.

    7(m) Microloan Program

    The SBA’s Microloan Program provides very small loans up to $35,000 to small businesses and not-for-profit child-care centers through a network of locally based intermediary lenders. In addition to making the loans, the intermediaries provide management and technical assistance to microborrowers and potential microborrowers.

    What can I use the loan proceeds for?

    You can use an SBA small business loan to:

    • expand or renovate facilities;
    • purchase machinery, equipment, fixtures and leasehold improvements;
    • finance receivables and augment working capital;
    • refinance existing debt (with compelling reason);
    • finance seasonal lines of credit;
    • construct commercial buildings; and/or
    • purchase land or buildings.

    How do I repay the loan?

    The length of time for repayment depends on the use of the loan proceeds and the ability of your small business to repay the loan.The term is usually 5 to 10 years for working capital, and up to 25 years for fixed assets such as the purchase or major renovation of real estate or purchase of equipment. There are no balloon payments, prepayment penalties, application fees or points permitted with these small business loans. Repayment plans may be tailored to each individual small business.

    How do I get started?

    You submit a business loan application to a lender for initial review. If the lender approves the business loan subject to an SBA guaranty, a copy of the loan application and a credit analysis are forwarded by the lender to the nearest SBA office. After SBA approval, the lending institution closes the business loan and disburses the funds; you make monthly loan payments directly to the lender. As with any loan, you are responsible for repaying the full amount of the loan. Visit **www.SBASmallBusinessLoans.com** for more info.


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