The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the District of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will hold for the first time in Puerto Rico, the program “Lender Match: Your Borrower Connection,” to match credit officers of national financial institutions and entrepreneurs looking for capital to start or expand their businesses.

The first match will be held on Sept. 18, from 8 am to 1 pm at the Leopoldo Figueroa theater in the old City Hall of Caguas.

The same match will be repeated in the southern area of the island on Sept. 27, at the same times, at the Paoli Theater of the Inter-American University’s Ponce campus.

“One of the biggest challenges facing our entrepreneurs when starting a business is access to financing. Through these matches, we are offering a forum so that they can sit one-on-one with the credit officers of commercial banks, credit unions and other institutions, to present their ideas and business proposals. This way they will have the opportunity to explore the different alternatives available to carry out their business projects, ”said SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo.

“Lender Match: Your Borrower Connection” will have the participation of the Economic Development Bank, Banco Popular, Banco Santander, Oriental Bank, FirstBank, several savings and credit cooperatives, SBA microloan intermediaries, certified development companies and the Office of Rural Development of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among other entities.

For more information, call the SBA’s San Juan office at 787-766-5572.

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