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"Speed Mentoring" during National Small Business Week in St. Louis


Entrepreneurs in St. Louis will receive advice and best practices from successful local business leaders on June 19, 2013 at the SBA's National Small Business Week event at Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave. from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. the speed mentoring event will also include informational workshops and sessions for the entrepreneur and future entrepreneur.

During the event, SBA Administrator Karen Mills will conduct and arm-chair interview with David Steward, founder and chair of World Wide Technology, a $5 billion systems integrator. The company provides IT and supply chain solutions to customers worldwide and is a graduate of the SBA's 8(a) Business development Program. The company was named number one on the list of largest Black-owned firms by Black Enterprise magazine in 2012.

The day will include breakout sessions utilizing the small business supply chain, panel sessions comprise of lender and venture capital experts, and an in-depth discussion on the Affordable Care Act, and online Google +Hangout on "How a Mentor Can Help Your Business."

The St. Louis-area National Small Business Week event will be live streamed at


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