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SWFL Small Business Resource Network Hosts Monthly Meeting on Nov. 15

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will host a networking and discussion about getting a small business loan 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center.

The speaker for the meeting is Barbara Melvin, vice president senior relationship manager with Wells Fargo. Melvin will discuss everything small business owners need to know about securing a loan for their business. She will provide three simple questions every potential lender will ask, and talk about the five critical elements a banker reviews in a loan package.

The evening begins with the Resource Network's monthly "Network after Five" social event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $25 per person.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. In addition to offering consulting services, the organization conducts monthly meetings that provide topics of interest to its members.

For more information on the resource network, visit

For further information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center at (239) 745-3700.

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