PhillyInc: Montco SBA event will try 'speed dating'

Posted: April 02, 2013

Tired of giving elevator pitches? The U.S. Small Business Administration seems to favor the "Andy Warhol pitch."

Fifteen minutes of fame might be good for entrepreneurs for whom 30 seconds to two minutes is just not enough time to explain the wondrousness of their labors of love.

The federal agency is sponsoring a "speed-dating" event to match lenders with borrowers, and will allow more than 30 seconds or so. The SBA says about 54 businesses had registered for the event at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At least 40 lenders, including banks, microloan providers, and certified development corporations will be there to hear one-on-one pitches from businesses young and old.

And if your pitch needs some work, there will be representatives from the SBA, SCORE, and Small Business Development Centers who will try to help.

The event is free to business owners, but pre-registration is a must, the SBA said. To do so, go to

Women on boards

Helen P. Pudlin was named to the board of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Horsham last week. When she takes a seat at her first meeting, she won't be the only woman in the boardroom.

The insurer is one of the few large companies in the Philadelphia area led by a woman. Eileen C. McDonnell became president and chief executive officer in February 2011.

Besides McDonnell, two other women serve as trustees on the Penn Mutual board: Joan Carter, president of UM Holdings Ltd., and Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of community investment at Comcast Corp.

Pudlin had been general counsel of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. from 1994 until she retired on May 31. She joins the 10-member board of Penn Mutual, replacing one of two trustees who retired recently: Alan B. Miller, chairman and CEO of Universal Health Services Inc., and Julia Chang Bloch, president of US-China Education Trust.

Contact Mike Armstrong

at 215-854-2980,, or follow @PhillyInc on Twitter. Read his blog, "PhillyInc," at

comments powered by Disqus