US Small Business Association
Economic Development and Lender Relations Specialist
Are you ready to expand your business? Want to know what type of government help is available? Join us at our February meeting as Sonia Smith of the US Small Business Association speaks about how the SBA can help you.
Sonia will talk about:
Sonia joined the US Small Business Administration Eastern Pennsylvania District Office in May 2013. As an Economic Development and Lender Relations Specialist, she is the SBA’s primary contact to deliver programs and services in Bucks County. Sonia is also the International Trade Officer and Microloan Program Officer for the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office. The SBA was created as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. SBA’s programs include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities, and armed forces veterans
Sonia has been recognized as the SBA Eastern Pennsylvania District Office Women in Business Champion of the Year. She is a first-generation American and holds a B.S. degree from Penn State in Quantitative Business Analysis with an Economics Minor. She has served as Vice Chairperson on the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board and as Secretary of the Bucks County International Trade Council, in addition to being actively involved in many professional and business organizations in Bucks County. Sonia volunteers with Fox Chase Cancer Center as an inspirational speaker and is a published author.
YOU GO GIRL
The Women’s Business Forum hosted Chanin Milnazik, owner of Brown Dog Design and founder of the Women’s Business Forum at their January meeting. Chanin started the WBF 14 years ago when she realized there was a great need for a women’s business organization that provided mentoring, inspiration and a little networking on the side for women business owners.
Chanin spoke about creating our own opportunities in business. She asked that we imagine our lives on a movie screen one year from now. Do we like what we see? What changes have we made and what do we need to do now to make those positive changes happen? She then asked that we envision what our lives look like in 3 years and then again, in 5 years, and ask ourselves the same questions. What is on that screen? What’s happening with our businesses, our family life, and our personal life? What changes do we need to make or what direction should we go to make the positive things happen? Envision it, know it and grow it.
Do this on a regular basis. Make it a positive experience.
Chanin also spoke about the future of the Women’s Business Forum. She feels that we are fortunate to have a solid group of members who create a wonderful foundation for each other. We are committed to inspire, educate and create opportunities for our members. And we are committed to continuing to do this in the future. Chanin announced that The Women’s Business Forum plans for the future include celebrating our 14 years of success by giving back to the community by creating a Fund that would be used for micro-loans or grants to deserving women entrepreneurs in the area.
Please join us in welcoming our new president, Sheila Jacobs. Sheila is a Bucks County Certified Financial Planner and Author. She attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) graduating with a degree in Economics.
A former vice-president of Women's Business Forum and Philadelphia's National Association of Women Business Owners, Sheila serves as board president of Educational Solutions Unlimited. She is also founder of the Women Business Forum Mentoring Program, and a board member at UrbanPromise.
Sheila is an avid tennis player, a runner, a wife and mother. She and her husband, Paul, a teacher and coach, live in Upper Makefield with their young sons.
You can contact Sheila at: email@example.com