U.S. Small Business Administration Lends Expertise at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013

Reston, Va.; September 4, 2013 —The resources associated with the SMB FastTrack program at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 23–25, 2013; Las Vegas Convention Center) continue to expand. Experts from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will staff the SMB FastTrack Networking Center (Booth #S-7787), lending their counsel to attendees from small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMBs) on topics such as loan and grant opportunities, importing and exporting, the contracting of resources, and compliance with evolving regulations. In addition, business counselors from the SCORE Association, a SBA-supported nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors, will deliver a series of presentations addressing the challenges and opportunities SMBs face.

“The Small Business Administration and SCORE provide a wealth of resources specifically to help small businesses grow,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and the owner and producer of PACK EXPO Las Vegas. “Their purpose aligns perfectly with the SMB FastTrack program. We’re excited about the contributions both of these organizations will make to the program.”

The SMB FastTrack program offers a way for attendees from small- and medium-sized manufacturers to quickly and efficiently connect with the technology and insights they need to advance their businesses. Participating attendees have access to special pre-show planning materials that identify SMB FastTrack exhibitors – suppliers that offer special financing, discounts or additional services to SMBs – and also meet with them and network with peers on-site at the SMB FastTrack Networking center.

C-level executives participating in the SMB FastTrack Platinum program have access to other amenities, including PMMI’s Personal Equipment & Technology Sourcing Service (available through September 20th) to locate specific solutions and the FastTrack Platinum Lounge, an off-the-floor area where they can recharge and meet privately with exhibitors.

“Connecting small business owners with various tools to meet their needs is what SBA is all about,” says Edward Cadena, SBA’s Nevada District Director. “PACK EXPO Las Vegas will provide a great avenue to connect small manufacturers with our resources and the guidance of experienced SCORE volunteers, giving them the ammunition they need to succeed. Knowledge is power — and profitable!“

To learn more about the SMB FastTrack program, including qualification requirements, visit www.packexpo.com/fasttrack.

All participants in the SMB FastTrack must be attendees of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013. To register for the show, visit www.packexpo.com. A discounted registration fee of $30 applies until September 9, when it increases to $60.

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